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April 2012

Business trends remain mixed, but small business employees are hard to find...

The manufacturing numbers continued to show strong gains in production and employment during the first quarter, but more than 75% of small-business owners who tried to hire workers in February reported finding few—or no—qualified applicants for those positions. Read more. >>

Slapping the EPA's wrist…

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said that landowners have a right to challenge a government compliance order in court rather than have to first violate that order before a court can review the case. Read more. >>

The Supreme Court takes center stage…

For three days in March, all eyes in Washington were focused on the U.S. Supreme Court as it heard arguments for and against the new federal health care reform law. Read more. >>

Bumping up against the debt ceiling

Don’t look now but Washington is about to hit the ceiling once again—the $16.4 trillion limit on the federal debt that was approved last summer. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has told Congress the government will run up against this legal borrowing limit late this year. Read more. >>

Who needs a budget anyway?

In case anyone needed proof of the political impasse that prevails in Washington these days, turn your focus to the federal budget. Read more.>>

47 is the magic number for taxes…

That’s the number of federal tax provisions that will expire unless Congress acts before the end of the year. 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.