Jim Spencer | Star Tribune
Washington Correspondent

Washington correspondent Jim Spencer examines the impact of federal politics and policy on Minnesota businesses, especially the medical technology, food distribution, farming, manufacturing, retail and health insurance industries.  

Previously, he worked as an enterprise reporter in Minneapolis, writing on topics including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, lake pollution caused by residential development, unintentional shootings of children, suicide among senior citizens, and budget cuts to homebound care for the disabled.

What's a nervous investor to do in volatile market? Not much really

Squelch the urge to retreat amid wild stock market swings, financial advisers say.

Farms target reducing carbon emissions with pilot program

Project will pay growers to try methods to keep harmful carbon in the soil.

Lost Medtronic data showed serious risks with Infuse surgical implant

Serious neck injuries in patients who received the Infuse surgical implant weren't reported to regulators for years.

Home-care providers ask Supreme Court to overturn Minnesota labor law

Suit that alleges First Amendment violations has failed in lower courts.

SNAP funds restored to farm bill

A measure that would have required some recipients to work was stripped from the bill.

Who's making off with that corporate tax reform bounty? Companies, researchers don't agree

– As the first year of corporate tax reform winds down, the difficulty of measuring the impact of the biggest overhaul of the…

For Minnesota farmers, lull in trade war may come too late

For farmers like Lance Peterson, who right now cannot break even on the sale of a bushel of soybeans because of oversupply, weather and tariffs, time is running out.

Minnesota's newcomers to Congress diverge on key business issues

The rookies in Congress will face some enduring economic concerns.

Medical device-tax opponents see window for repeal in lame-duck session

Supporters of permanent repeal hope for bipartisan action during lame-duck session of Congress.

New short-term loan product at U.S. Bank draws scrutiny

The loans are seen as less costly than payday options, but still carry a hefty interest rate.