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April 2013

The battle over federal chemical regulation continues…

The rules under which the federal government can regulate new chemicals are once again the focus of industry, environmental groups and the EPA. Read more >>

Industry & EPA disagree over chemical risk assessments…

A new EPA effort to increase regulation of chemicals is facing strong industry opposition and expected legal challenges.

Chances for immigration reform are improving…

An agreement between labor and business groups over how to set wages for low-skilled foreign workers has greatly improved the chances for sweeping reforms of the nation's immigration laws. Read more >>

Another attempt to strengthen OSHA enforcement powers…

Legislation that would give OSHA broad new authority to investigate and punish workplace safety violations - even those found at the worksites of subcontractors - has been introduced in the Senate. Read more >>

Small business optimism continues to grow…

As the signs of economic recovery appear to be improving and Wall Street indexes reach record highs, small businesses are expressing new confidence in the economy and the future.


Health Insurance premiums expected to rise under Obamacare next year…

Health insurance companies are warning that premiums for individuals and small businesses could go up sharply next year as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), popularly known as Obamacare. Read more >>

House GOP considers streamlined tax rules for smaller companies…

Republicans in Congress are looking at sweeping changes in the way partnerships and S corporations—so-called “flow-through entities,” are taxed. 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.