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February 2015

New hope for a deal on business tax reform...

There are early indications that President Obama and congressional Republicans may be able to reach some accommodation on reforming the corporate tax system. Read more >>

EPA will continue to be a partisan battleground in the new Congress…

Even as congressional Republicans are looking for ways to kill funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and particularly its programs aimed at curbing climate change—the Obama administration is asking for a jump in EPA spending of nearly 9%, or $8.6 billion. Read more >>

A small case becomes a major potential hurdle for Obamacare…

More than 14 months ago, this column warned about what was then a little-noticed legal challenge to a key element of the Affordable Health Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare. That case, which Obamacare supporters dismissed as “frivolous” at that time, has now become the latest major challenge to the viability of the massive health reform law. Read more >>

Senate Republicans vow to rein in the NLRB…

Republican leaders have long complained that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become an unapologetic advocate for organized labor. Now that they control both houses of Congress, they’re vowing to change that. Read more >>

Supporters of chemical safety reform push for action this year…

Efforts to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will be a top priority in both the House and Senate this year as backers push for action before election-year politics take over in 2016. Read more >>

More than half the states are now trying to stop Obama immigration actions…

More than half the states have joined a lawsuit seeking to stop President Obama’s executive actions on immigration even as congressional Republicans are trying to achieve the same goal by cutting off funding for those immigration actions. 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.