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

Cold War chill felt in battle over changes in trade law

As Congress weighs pros, cons of normalizing relations before Russia enters the WTO, Minnesota firms have a stake.

Updated: June 23, 2012, - 03:04 PM

Senate OKs cap on crop insurance subsidies

Farm bill amendment would limit a subsidy program that reduced premiums for farmers making more than $750,000.

Updated: June 20, 2012, - 09:19 PM

New strategy targets tax breaks for green energy

Instead of rolling back benefits that oil, gas and coal enjoy, renewable players could get the same treatment.

Updated: June 16, 2012, - 09:10 PM

U.S. Senate rejects effort to end sugar protection program

The proposal would have phased out supports for Minnesota's sugar beet industry, which fought to preserve them.

Updated: June 14, 2012, - 07:37 AM

Nonprofit offers patent help to inventors

Small businesses face a daunting challenge trying to protect their inventions. A new, low-cost service called LegalCorps offers some help.

Updated: June 11, 2012, - 10:58 AM

N.Y. senator proposes to trim $4.5 billion from crop insurance

N.Y. senator proposes to trim $4.5 billion from U.S. program.

Updated: June 04, 2012, - 10:56 PM

More Minnesotans driven to choose high-deductible health insurance

The state ranks second in use of such health insurance plans, which critics say save costs, but at a price.

Updated: June 02, 2012, - 09:05 PM

A safety net for farmers

An advocacy group wants limits on government insurance payments.

Updated: June 01, 2012, - 09:57 AM

May 30: Taking aim at med device tax

Rep. Erik Paulsen is leading the fight to repeal it. Sens. Franken and Klobuchar also oppose it, but chances in Senate are uncertain.

Updated: May 30, 2012, - 09:11 PM

Study rates Minnesota a bargain

A new index finds that costs in Minnesota's biggest cities are near the national average.

Updated: May 27, 2012, - 04:41 PM

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