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June 2014

Long-Awaited Obama Carbon Emission Rules Finally Emerge…

President Obama’s newly announced plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-burning power plants contains something for everyone. Read more >>

Choice of Base Year Eases the Impact of Carbon Emission Rules...

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 >>

Carbon Emissions Rule Impact on Electric Prices is Debated…

While President Obama argued that his new draft rules for power plant carbon emissions will actually reduce electric bills for consumers, most experts predicted that electricity will be more expensive, particularly in regions that are currently heavily dependent on coal-fired electric generation. Read more >>

Impact of New Carbon Emission Rules Varies Greatly From State to State...

The states hardest hit by the EPA’s draft carbon emission rules will be those that produce coal along with those which rely on coal-fired power plants to produce most of their electricity. Read more >>

Congress is Unlikely to Override Obama Carbon Emission Rules...

Despite an outcry from coal-state lawmakers and Republican leaders in Congress, the EPA’s newly announced draft standards for power plant carbon emissions are expected to survive efforts to overturn them through legislation. Read more >>

OSHA Enforcement Efforts Focused on Temporary Workers

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 >>

NLRB and OSHA Team Up on Worker Whistleblower Complaints...

In an effort to give whistleblowing employees more time to file complaints with the federal government, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed what may be an unprecedented partnership. Read more >>

Partisan Gridlock Continues in Congress...

The U.S. Congress appears in no hurry to prove that it can accomplish anything productive as election-year politics and deep partisan divisions continue blocking action on any significant legislation. 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.