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March 2012

Corporate tax reform may be coming…

President Obama and key Republican leaders agree on one important issue: the current top corporate tax rate of 35 percent is too high and should be lowered. Read more.>>

Small businesses need personal tax reform…

Most small businesses are structured as sole proprietorships, partnerships, S-Corps or LLCs. So regardless of what happens to business taxes, Congress will face incredible pressure to either extend the Bush tax cuts or come up with major changes in the individual tax rates. Read more. >>

Opposition to healthcare reform is growing…

A recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of the top 12 battleground states in this year’s election found that a clear majority of registered voters support the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more. >>

NLRB fights with its own union

In a curious twist on the normal scheme, the union representing employees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has accused the Board of “declaring war on NLRB employees.”. Read more. >>

Help for companies setting up exports...

The New Market Export Initiative is a program offered by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Commercial Service that assists companies seeking to start or expand their overseas sales. Read more. >>

Appeals Court will rule on EPA greenhouse gas rules…

Several industries, along with a group of Republican lawmakers, are trying to overturn the administration's rules for reducing greenhouse gases in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 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.