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January 2012

Buckle your seat belts...

2012 promises to be a bumpy ride. The economic and political challenges that marked a tumultuous 2011 promise to continue—and in many cases intensify—in the year ahead. Read more.>>

Tax changes will wait until 2013...

As Republicans and Democrats jockey for position in the 2012 elections, big tax changes will wait. However, expect the payroll tax cut temporarily extended through February to be extended for the rest of 2012. Read more. >>

Veterans' employment incentives...

Despite their well-known differences, Congress has agreed on hiring incentives to help returning veterans. Read more. >>

EPA emissions standards continue to meet resistance...

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has delayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new cross-state air pollution rules for coal-fired power plants after a coalition of utility companies objected that the regulations would threaten electrical reliability. Read more. >>

Federal tax changes for 2012...

The IRS has announced a number of personal income tax changes for 2012, most based on indexing and inflation. Read more.>>

NAM to challenge new NLRB election rule...

A coalition of business groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has filed a legal challenge in federal court challenging the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) new union election rule. Read more. >>

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Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.