Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

U.S. agency sues U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo over losses

Regulator says banks failed to protect credit unions from bad mortgage-backed securities.

Updated: December 23, 2014, - 09:03 PM

Watchdog group asks: How are you going to pay for that?

Deficit hawk says leadership now is key to avoiding painful entitlement cuts.

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:45 PM

Members of Congress hold up to $39 million in Minnesota companies' stock

Questions inevitably arise, whether there are any conflicts of interest or not.

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:19 PM

Utilities, railroads guardedly optimistic about coal deliveries

They worry that if weather turns harsh this winter, the rail system could be overtaxed

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 12:41 AM

Rep. Kline's proposed cuts catch pensioners by surprise

Minnesota Rep. John Kline’s push to get it into the omnibus budget bill needed to keep the government running has enraged retirees. The Republican says it's necessary to prevent insolvency.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 10:41 AM

Minnesota paid $40B more to the feds than it got back in 2013

Minnesota ranks near the bottom in federal contracts, jobs, grants and benefits.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 07:15 PM

Bar Association warns corporations: Clean up supply chains

Bar Association initiative focuses on human rights.

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Minn. revenue growth third-fastest in country since before Recession

The state’s diversified corporate base serves as a hedge against revenue losses, Commissioner of Revenue Myron Frans said.

Updated: November 24, 2014, - 07:00 PM

For consumers, health care cost and quality information remains hard to find and understand

Getting basic information on costs and procedures remains a challenge in the Twin Cities.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Frenzel confronts Americans' fear of open markets

Former U.S. representative who helped pass NAFTA calls it “the gold standard of trade treaties.”

Updated: November 17, 2014, - 01:34 PM

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