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February 2012

The future of health care reform…

Republicans in Congress are unanimous in their drive to repeal health care reform—or at least to block funding for its enforcement. But the Democratic majority in the Senate has so far blocked numerous efforts to weaken or repeal components of the health care law. Read more.>>

Tax breaks for small businesses could be enacted…

Proposals to enact or expand tax provisions to help small businesses and start-up firms may have a chance for passage this year, but big business should not expect similar action. Read more. >>

The new focus on manufacturing jobs…

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a six-part plan to help bring manufacturing jobs back to this country, and there are some encouraging signs that the flow of jobs out of the U.S. can at least be slowed. Read more. >>

Look for reform of federal unemployment insurance…

Both the White House and Congressional Republicans have offered proposals to tie jobless benefits to job training requirements. Despite differences, there’s room for compromise in the coming months. Read more. >>

Recess appointments keep the NLRB alive…

President Obama’s decision to fill three slots on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) through recess appointments (without Senate approval) means that the embattled agency can continue to operate. 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.