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December 2012

Obamacare is here to stay...

Because of the scope and virtually universal impact of Obamacare, this month’s issue will be largely devoted to an examination of how and when the law will affect your business and personal health-care costs. Read more >>

Tax increases in 2013…

There are tax increases for wealthier Americans already built into Obamacare and scheduled to take effect on January 1; expect more financial changes in 2014. Read more >>

The cost to businesses for not providing health insurance…

The rules for businesses depend on the number of full-time workers you employ, and it's a complex issue. Read more >>

What if states don't create insurance exchanges?

At least 15 states have indicated they will not create state-wide insurance exchanges, and many others are on the fence. As an incentive, the administration recently announced rules that will give the state exchanges wide latitude in setting the standards for health insurance coverage in their state. Read more >>

Tougher federal regulations, new energy taxes are on the way…

Post election, the EPA is expected to implement the Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) rules, long-delayed, emissions regulations. New air pollution rules are also likely, as is a proposed carbon tax on fossil fuels. Read more >>

Workplace safety rules will accelerate...

Also post election, expect new rules for an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and an even more active National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Read more >>

Footnotes…I look forward to hearing from you. I expect these items and topics to evolve. Please let me know about issues of interest to you or questions you may want me to answer. There will always be room to include your comments. Please email me at with your comments or issues of interest.

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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.