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.


Stay or go? 3M CEO among executives under pressure to leave Trump advisory group

Social media campaigns called out business leaders who remain on two key panels.


For digital trade advocates, all eyes on NAFTA

U.S. exit from the TPP erased breakthrough internet measures.


Minnesota retailers played big role in thwarting border tax

Lobbying efforts by Best Buy and Target in the first six months of 2017 rivaled what they did for all of 2016. The financial numbers, drawn from government records, show the Minnesota companies' determination to kill a border adjustment tax on imports sought by the House GOP.


Border adjustment tax dropped from GOP budget plans

GOP budget drops the tax that Target CEO called "an unproven and untested theory."


U.S. House votes to roll back CFPB rule on mandatory arbitration

If repealed, consumers would lose a choice of options for certain financial grievances.


Trade watchers wary as Minnesota politicians support steel tariffs

A tariff on imported steel that President Donald Trump says will shore up the sagging U.S. steel industry enjoys growing political popularity in Minnesota, even as those who specialize in trade policy warn that it could injure other critical parts of the state's economy.


U.S. House passes bill to lengthen time to report medical device malfunctions

U.S. House measure would allow more time for them to be sent to the FDA.


Regulator moves against mandatory arbitration agreements

Credit card companies and banks can't force arbitration for grievances.


Delay in revamped nutrition labels shows clout of nation's food lobby

Advocates believe consumers won't get needed information.


Minn. among 19 suing DeVos over delay in student loan forgiveness

Refusing at the last minute to implement rules that were years in the making is "whipsawing students who deserve better," Lori Swanson said.