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January 2013

A bumpy ride ahead...

Congress and the White House may have avoided disaster on the edge of the fiscal cliff, but expect more clashes ahead over raising the federal debt limit, avoiding massive cuts in defense spending and entitlement programs, gun control laws and reforming immigration laws. Read more >>

Talking about tax reform…

The 13th-hour fiscal cliff legislation fixed at least two problems that threatened the biggest financial hurt for most taxpayers. Congress made indexing of the alternative minimum tax permanent and the Bush-era tax cuts were extended for most Americans.These provisions will take most of the pressure off Congress for wider changes in the tax laws. Read more >>

A tight window for immigration reform…

Changing voter demographics are pushing both Republicans and Democrats to agree that comprehensive changes in federal immigration laws are long overdue. However, immigration remains a “hot” topic in many regions of the country, and the opportunity to enact new legislation shrinks after this year as lawmakers face re-election battles in 2014. Read more >>

Look for a flood of new government regulations…

The flurry of federal regulations could develop into a blizzard as the government fleshes out the rules for Obamacare, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers new rules for banks and other financial organizations, and EPA proposes long-awaited rules on greenhouse gas emissions and perhaps even renews efforts to regulate air-quality standards for ozone. Read more >>

More on healthcare...

Among the proposed new rules covering the obligation of employers to provide health insurance for their employees, observers have noted discrepancies in the requirements regarding insurance for employee spouses versus employee dependents. Expect more questions as more rules emerge. 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.