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

Frenzel confronts Americans' fear of open markets

Former U.S. representative who helped pass NAFTA calls it “the gold standard of trade treaties.”

Updated: November 17, 2014, - 01:34 PM

Power plants worry about winter coal supplies

After months of rail service problems, some utilities and elected officials say BNSF Railway needs to prove it has a plan to rebuild coal stockpiles.

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 04:58 PM

Sugar makers fend off import threat

Sugar producers, including the Minnesota sugar beet industry, back new limits on Mexican sugar that some say undermine NAFTA.

Updated: November 10, 2014, - 10:49 AM

With Republican Senate, many eye a device-tax repeal

Critics say a likely presidential veto means a repeal would come as part of a broader bill.

Updated: November 05, 2014, - 09:36 PM

Minnesota companies shelter billions in cash from U.S. taxes

Foreign profits sit on sidelines as companies seek tax reform.

Updated: November 01, 2014, - 10:24 PM

U.S. Bank tests ways to fight bias against long-term unemployed

U.S. Bank is piloting a federal program that tackles an ugly legacy of the recession – a hiring bias against the long-term unemployed.

Updated: October 31, 2014, - 05:49 AM

U.S. places new student debt rules on for-profit colleges

To keep federal aid, for-profit colleges’ graduates’ debt repayments must be less than 8 percent of total earnings.

Updated: October 30, 2014, - 11:22 PM

Optum buys Alere, provider of wellness services, for $600M

The deal will increase parent UnitedHealth’s business with health insurance exchanges.

Updated: October 28, 2014, - 09:43 PM

WTO meat labeling rule invites backlash from U.S. interest groups

Consumer groups, foreign and domestic producers are at odds over new labeling measures.

Updated: October 28, 2014, - 08:12 AM

New reports on backlogs bring renewed criticism of railroads

Critics say they prove oil favoritism; railroads say numbers are misleading.

Updated: October 24, 2014, - 12:27 AM

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