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

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

Minnesota companies travel to Washington to support Export-Import Bank

Minnesota companies say they need the financial help.

Updated: February 25, 2015, - 08:35 PM

Business may be open to trading tax on overseas profits for tax reform

But if it has to happen, leaders of big businesses want other changes to the tax code as well.

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Experts think Target will follow Wal-Mart's lead on raises

If Target’s pay scale slips below Wal-Mart, the turnover in personnel could affect productivity and customer satisfaction.

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 06:28 AM

Hormel, General Mills among food companies fighting label changes

Minnesota’s food giants are fighting an FDA proposal to list “added sugars” separately on nutrition labels.

Updated: February 15, 2015, - 12:31 PM

Feb. 14: Minnesotans in Congress split over Keystone

The GOP controls Congress but lacks votes to override the president's veto.

Updated: February 13, 2015, - 09:27 PM

Industry abandons lawsuit against meat origin labels

Cargill and Hormel were part of trade groups seeking to avoid packages that say where animals are born, raised and slaughtered.

Updated: February 11, 2015, - 09:54 AM

Medtronic pays $2.8M to settle off-label promotion charges

The devicemaker will pay $2.8 million after feds said it encouraged unapproved use of neurostimulation product.

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 07:15 AM

Obama proposes tax on foreign profits of U.S. corporations

President Obama wants to impose a one-time mandatory 14 percent tax on foreign profits that U.S. companies have stashed abroad, a move that would force Minnesota’s major companies to pay the government billions of dollars.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 12:26 PM

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