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April 2014

Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Spending Helps the GOP…

The 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to erase limits on how much people can donate to individual political candidates is expected to boost Republican prospects in this year’s congressional elections. 

Obamacare Impact Won't be Known for Some Time to Come...

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promises to remain center stage in this year’s elections, it may be several years before the full impact—good or bad—of this controversial health care reform law is fully known.

State Regulation of Chemicals at the Heart of TSCA Reform Debate…

A House Republican proposal to rewrite the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has caught the attention of a bipartisan group of state legislators, who claim the House plan would bar states from regulating toxic substances.

New Rules for Federal Contractors on Hiring Veterans and the Disabled…

Under new rules issued by the Labor Department, federal contractors must establish clear-cut annual benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.

Alabama Lawmaker Says OSHA is Singling Out Business in "Right-to-Work" States...

An Alabama congresswoman says that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has singled out “right to work” states by conducting extra inspections at auto parts makers in the South.

Minimum Wage Hike and Extended Jobless Benefits are Unlikely to be Approved

Despite a full-court press from President Obama and Democrats in Congress, there is little chance that Congress will approve an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  And a companion proposal to retroactively restore extended unemployment benefits is also in trouble.

Federal Regulations Increase More Than 150% Under President Obama

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching that the number of major federal regulations issued in the first five years of the Obama administration was 153.2% higher than during the first five years of the Bush administration.

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Gene Goldenberg

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.