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January 2014

In Washington, it's all about the 2014 elections…

While 2013 was a "do-nothing" year marked by partisan gridlock and political brinkmanship, 2014 promises even less in terms of significant legislation.

Look for a focus on new federal regulations…

While 2014 promises to be a quiet year on the legislative front, there will be loud and public battles over new regulations flowing from Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, existing environmental laws and workplace safety legislation.

Congress once again lets popular tax breaks expire…

With the start of 2014, more than 50 popular tax breaks have been allowed to expire, including business write-offs for research and development, speedy deduction of new capital investments and tax credits for hiring veterans.

2014 could be a breakout year for the U.S. economy…

The economic and business outlook for the New Year appears stronger than at any time in the past five years, according to a number of leading indicators.

NLRB "poster rules" are overturned in the courts…

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules requiring employers to post notices informing workers of their right to organize unions and strike were effectively voided when the NLRB declined to appeal a federal court decision overturning those rules.

Labor Department fiduciary rules are delayed until August…

New rules outlining the fiduciary responsibilities of employers in administering retirement plans for their employees have been delayed until August as the U.S. Department of Labor works to come up with a new compromise proposal.

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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.