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January 2015

Republicans will try to paint President Obama into a political corner...

The Keystone pipeline, Obamacare and environmental regulations will be the initial focus of congressional leaders as they test the extent of their power to challenge—or reverse—the president on key issues. Read more >>

The tax impact of Obamacare about to hit millions of Americans...

When the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—in 2012, the justices ruled that the law’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance did not violate the Constitution. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that penalties for failing to have health insurance were a “tax” rather than an impermissible “mandate.” That decision effectively cleared the way for Obamacare to go into effect as the law of the land. Read more >>

New Senate leader will test a return to “regular order”...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, has vowed to preside over a very different U.S. Senate than his predecessor, Harry Reid, D-NV. Read more >>

Right-to-work laws will advance in several states this year...

With Republicans gaining control of more state legislative bodies, the push for right-to-work laws will increase, business groups predict. Read more >>

OSHA will focus on workplace laser injuries...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that lasers pose a growing threat of workplace injuries, particularly for workers in manufacturing, construction and medical occupations. Read more >>

Business groups challenge NLRB “ambush election” rule in federal court...

A coalition of business groups has asked a federal court to block a massive new regulation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would reduce the time required to hold a union election to as little as 14 days. Read more >>

Tax reform, particularly for business, inches closer to reality...

President Obama and congressional Republicans are both talking about tax reform being on their short lists for possible passage during the remaining two years of Obama’s term. Read more >>

Patent reform and internet taxes top the high-tech legislative agenda…

While technology firms don’t always agree on legislative goals, extending the current ban on internet access and cracking down on “patent trolls” appear at the top of the high-tech agenda for Congress this year. Read more >>

 

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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.