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

Medtronic could avoid $3.5B to $4.2B in taxes with merger

The Medtronic plan to acquire Dublin-based Covidien for $42.9 billion has reignited a debate among corporations, consumers and politicians about how to improve the corporate tax system and remove incentives to shift business overseas.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 05:17 AM

Medtronic discloses 2 data breaches, says no patient data accessed

Company says hackers accessed its computer systems on two occasions, but that no data was stolen – though some...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 07:18 AM

Medtronic's deal, plan to move base to Ireland rekindle tax debate

The $42.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Covidien would give Medtronic more flexibility to use money it earns abroad without incurring U.S. taxes.

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 05:34 AM

U.S. Senators seek tips from Minnesota on digital health data

Medtronic, St. Jude and the Mayo Clinic were consulted, as was Gov. Mark Dayton.

Updated: June 12, 2014, - 08:48 PM

June 3: Feds point to Minnesota as example of how to cut greenhouse gases

The EPA cited the state’s efforts as an example for others to follow as new regulations regarding greenhouse gases and clean energy goals are set.

Updated: June 03, 2014, - 05:42 AM

St. Jude-backed device gets FDA approval

The company is taking full ownership of the developer of the wireless monitoring system.

Updated: May 29, 2014, - 08:58 AM

May 29: Kickback charges cost Medtronic $9.9M

Medtronic was accused by a whistleblower of providing improper incentives to doctors to use its devices.

Updated: May 29, 2014, - 05:43 AM

Canada: More foreign than Target realized

The country’s small population, vast expanse and shopping habits hurt Target’s big expansion.

Updated: May 24, 2014, - 07:17 PM

Medical device tax survives latest repeal effort

The industry has long fought the sales levy that came in as part of federal health care reform.

Updated: May 23, 2014, - 08:02 PM

Boston Sci to buy Bayer’s Coon Rapids unit for $415M

The acquisition will add two new products for medical device giant.

Updated: May 15, 2014, - 09:15 PM

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