Jim Spencer | Star Tribune
Washington Correspondent

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.


Among Minnesota farmers, support for Trump is bent, not broken

Some in the agricultural economy still give him the benefit of the doubt. But so far, Trump's tactics have only hurt farmers, and patience is running thin.


China's new tariff targets could reverberate in Minnesota

In Minn., everything from pigs to Red Wing Shoes could be affected.


How does this trade war end? Business can't wait

Timetables that dictate industry actions are not as flexible as negotiating tactics, analysts say.


Health insurers to see risk payments after all

They were first canceled, but now are back on again.


U.S. House votes to kill sales tax on medical devices

The measure passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate.


Twin Cities in running for coveted military headquarters

Area is finalist for a prized operation that could secure high-paying tech jobs for decades.


Ominous national debt projections not seen as big business concern — yet

For many local business leaders, other issues are more pressing.


For Minnesota, trade war with China is all about soybeans

President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau feels like a bad dream has come true.


Consumer protection agency, Congress balk at payday lending reform

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new rules last year that aimed to make payday lenders do more to ensure that borrowers have the means to pay back their loans on time. But now the CFPB is trying to delay and possibly gut that plan, and Congress recently toyed with killing it altogether.


Global reach of Minnesota firms is muddying tariff picture

Trade war would complicate operations of companies with multinational presence.