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.


Rep. Erik Paulson co-sponsor of bill to suspend collecting medical device tax

His bill in the House would put off collections for another five years.


Minn. medtech industry voices frustration with tax reform

As the U.S. Senate and House resolve different plans to cut taxes for American corporations and businesses, the repeal of the medical device tax is missing from the discussion.


Twin Cities area leading U.S. with extremely low jobless rate

No big metro area in the country has a lower jobless rate than the Twin Cities, which reported 2.3 percent unemployment, tied with Nashville.


Minnesota officials divided on outlook for embattled federal consumer agency

Critics say Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has overreached, but supporters fear loss of independent advocate against fraud.


Luring corporate money from tax havens is big unknown for reform plan

Anyone looking at tax reform now knows that Republican majorities in the House and Senate plan to spark economic growth by cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. What they may not grasp is how much this strategy depends on coaxing corporations to change course on tax havens.


Franken apologizes to accuser; President Trump weighs in

Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.


GOP tax plan adds up to big savings for Minnesota corporations

Many would see steep cuts in rate, but it's unclear how they would spend cash.


As NAFTA talks heat up, Minnesota ag, other industries weigh in

Minnesota agriculture and industry concerned about future of the agreement.


Class-action rule's defeat came despite widespread appeal

Strong public support wasn't enough to beat back effort to end forced arbitration.


Tax reform could add up to billions for Minnesota's biggest companies

Minnesota's biggest companies would see billions in relief – but what about workers?