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March 2013

Government by crisis will continue indefinitely…

Expect several more crisis moments this year as Congress and the White House continue to point fingers at each other while avoiding any definitive action. Read more >>

Prospects for corporate tax reform are dim…

There’s little likelihood that any substantial changes will come to corporate tax reform because of the very different ways that the two parties look at the issue. Read more >>

Raising the minimum wage…

The minimum wage was last increased in 2005, when it was pegged at the current $7.25 level with bipartisan support in Congress. Read more >>

Health care: Calculating the cost of fines…

Many businesses are considering whether to comply with the health insurance mandates imposed by the Affordable Health Care Act or pay the fines for failing to do so. Read more >>

The NLRB continues in limbo…

Decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are being challenged in nine of the twelve federal court circuits, raising serious questions about the legitimacy of actions the NLRB has taken or will take in the future. Read more >>

Prospects for TSCA reform remain uncertain…

Updated regulation remains on the back burner with supporters torn between banning certain substances or limiting exposure. Meanwhile, the EPA plans to launch a portal with safety-related information on more than 1,000 substances. 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.