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

UnitedHealth venture offers report cards for medical devices

Insurers are looking for unbiased studies of popular medical devices’ performance.

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 09:41 PM

Suit against UnitedHealth tests mental health coverage rules

The insurer is accused of violating a law that requires equal treatment for mental health and other claims.

Updated: April 06, 2013, - 04:28 PM

U.S. Senate endorses sales taxes for online purchases

The Senate chose sides in a battle that pits big online-only sellers against bricks-and-mortar retailers and state revenue departments.

Updated: March 23, 2013, - 07:21 AM

U.S. Senate signals willingness to repeal medical device tax

The sense-of-the-Senate vote is part of a repeal effort backed by senators from Minnesota, which has a strong medical technology...

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 09:26 PM

Taxpayers face payouts on sugar supports

With prices dropping, federal officials may be forced to take millions of pounds of sugar under a government program.

Updated: March 13, 2013, - 09:52 PM

Defense firms face hit from budget cuts

Contractors such as BAE Systems expect big fallout from automatic cuts; diversification is helping others.

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 04:14 PM

Budget deadlock spells trouble for med-tech firms

The head of the trade group for the nation’s medical device makers says the political climate in Congress complicates efforts...

Updated: March 02, 2013, - 03:35 PM

Research questions return on corporate political cash

Two U professors are among those who have found that corporate contributions can hurt shareholders.

Updated: February 16, 2013, - 08:04 PM

Franken urges new rules for ratings agencies

He would have an independent committee select agencies for review of financial products.

Updated: February 14, 2013, - 11:17 PM

Klobuchar in midst of contentious visa debate

Her bill would add employment visas even as Americans need jobs.

Updated: February 10, 2013, - 09:03 PM

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