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

Mayo genetic data bank could boost Obama's new 'precision medicine initiative'

The president proposed a national initiative to help research, fight diseases.

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 07:03 AM

Industry says device tax cost 4,500 jobs in 2014

Survey is at odds with other analyses that saw little change.

Updated: January 28, 2015, - 09:35 PM

Congressional Research Service refutes device tax claims, puts tax foes in a bind

Conclusions differ sharply from the case the med-tech industry is making against the tax.

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 05:27 PM

Minneapolis mayor says fixing income inequality is key to city's growth

Mayor Betsy Hodges says city’s future as “majority minority” requires closing income gap.

Updated: January 20, 2015, - 07:53 PM

Mayo fights stricter oversight of lab tests

Proposed FDA rules would require new premarket approval of certain diagnostic tests.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Ex-UnitedHealth exec named acting Medicare chief

Andy Slavitt led UnitedHealth’s Optum subsidiary.

Updated: January 16, 2015, - 08:38 PM

Cargill takes the lead in urging end to Cuba trade restrictions

Cargill and the new U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba — more than two dozen trade associations representing virtually every crop and meat produced in the United States — have engaged Minnesotans in Congress for help.

Updated: January 16, 2015, - 08:38 AM

Keystone XL pipeline poses a political dilemma

Environmentalists dislike Keystone XL, but without it more oil trains could roll through Minnesota.

Updated: January 10, 2015, - 05:01 PM

Paulsen touts device tax repeal as proof Congress can work together

Rep. Erik Paulsen hopes Congress can negotiate a way to offset the lost revenue with health care savings.

Updated: January 07, 2015, - 10:51 PM

BNSF must provide emergency coal delivery plans

BNSF fought order sought by power companies and politicians to address low stockpiles in Minnesota and surrounding states.

Updated: January 07, 2015, - 12:20 AM

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