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May 2014

State Regulation of Chemical Safety Remains the Key Issue for TSCA Reform…

Federal preemption of state chemical safety rules is likely to be the issue that blocks efforts to re-write the primary federal chemical law in Congress this year. Read more >>

Will Federal Safety Officials Start Regulating the NFL and Other Professional Sports?

A recent federal court decision upholding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations against SeaWorld in the death of a killer whale trainer could open the way for OSHA regulation of other entertainment activities, including professional sports. Read more >>

Autoworkers Drop Challenge to Their Defeat at Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee…

The United Autoworkers Union (UAW) dropped its challenge to vote against the union by workers at the only Volkswagen plant in the U.S., insisting that even if there were another vote taken, Tennessee politicians and anti-union groups would again taint the election. Read more >>

Supreme Court Clears the Way for Obama Administration's Clean Air Regulations…

In a strong victory for the Obama Administration, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the authority of the U.S. Envoirmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulation power plant emissions that blow across state lines. Read more >>

Small Business Owners Face a Ticking Bomb from Obamacare...

Under the Affordable Care Act - otherwise known as Obamacare - small businesses with less than 50 full-time employees don't have to offer healther insurance to their workers. Read more >>

What Congress May Actually Do the Rest of the Year

The often-discussed partisanship that marks the current Congress won't go away and is expected to become more intense as we move through the summer. Read more >>

Do Companies that Collect Sales Taxes Online Lose Business?

New research supports the theory that consumers buy less from retailers who collect state sales taxes for online purchases. 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.