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.


Minnesota health CEOs say Senate bill will 'seriously undermine' care

Leaders in Minnesota's health care community called the Senate Republican health care reform bill disappointing because of the GOP's continued insistence on significantly cutting Medicaid.


Hospitals fear health plan changes will add up to big losses

Executives predict big losses from Trump's budget or the Republicans' AHCA.


Trump's pushback on NAFTA has the attention of Minnesota's economy

President Trump's vow to renegotiate the trade pact with Canada and Mexico could have big impact on Minnesota's economy.


Burnsville mayor among those speaking out against Paris climate pact exit

Elizabeth Kautz, a Republican and former mayor's conference president, broke sharply from her Republican colleagues in Washington.


Big Minnesota companies among Paris pact supporters

Among them are some of the biggest names in the state: Cargill, 3M, Target, Best Buy and General Mills.


Advisory board backs dissident slate for Buffalo Wild Wings board

The endorsement bolsters activist investor Marcato Capital Management's bid to shake up the company.


Target CEO says import tax bets 'paychecks on an untested theory'

Proponents of the border adjustment told Congress it would aid U.S. manufacturing.


Target CEO Brian Cornell to testify in DC against import tax

Proposed rule could drive price increases for retailers.


Consumer watchdog that has helped thousands of Minnesotans now faces uncertain future

A fierce debate is underway in Washington over whether to restructure the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau or perhaps eliminate it.


Minnesota's economy grew slower than U.S. in 2016

Growth rates throughout the Upper Midwest lagged most other regions of the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.