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

Rural phone woes persist in Minnesota, across the country

Critics claim that some cut-rate long distance routers moving calls in the middle of the nation’s telecommunications network simply do not connect rural calls to avoid expensive connection fees.

Updated: April 18, 2015, - 12:35 PM

Minnesota's food expertise reaches across the ocean

General Mills and Cargill workers are spearheading Partners in Food Solutions, an effort to improve food production and distribution in Africa.

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 04:37 PM

Poor U.S. steel dumping sanctions add to Iron Range woes, politicians say

Three state politicians say the industry is dragged down by poor regulation enforcement.

Updated: April 10, 2015, - 09:45 PM

Teamsters pension trustees to pursue benefit cuts

Law co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline allows changes in multi-employer funds. Proposal for cuts was unveiled Wednesday.

Updated: April 08, 2015, - 09:35 PM

Mayo researcher appeals for increased Alzheimer's funding

Funding is seen as far short of what is needed to reduce the disease’s impact by 2025.

Updated: March 25, 2015, - 11:55 PM

Reroute oil trains? History suggests it's a long shot

Industry says reinforced cars on current routes are better than trying to avoid heavily populated areas.

Updated: March 21, 2015, - 10:46 PM

Minnesota congressional delegation split on fast-track trade measure

Fight over fast-track authority puts Republicans with Obama, Democrats against him.

Updated: March 14, 2015, - 07:37 PM

Insurers UnitedHealth, Medica have stake in health subsidy decision

Medica, UnitedHealth have big stake in Supreme Court health subsidy case

Updated: March 05, 2015, - 12:05 PM

Minn. delegation slow to propose ways to pay for repeal of medical device tax

While many in the U.S. Senate and House pay lip service to ending the sales tax on medical devices that was instituted to help pay for national health care reform, no consensus exists about exactly how.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Obama administration again pushing for free trade agreements

White House lists export gains by state, including Minnesota.

Updated: February 26, 2015, - 09:24 PM

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