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December 2016

 

Border adjustability divides tax reform advocates...

In the aftermath of the presidential election and Donald Trump’s surprise victory, the prospects for major tax reform legislation appear bright with the GOP in control of both Houses of Congress and the White House.

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Trump’s cabinet picks look a lot like him...

President-elect Donald Trump is assembling a cabinet that in many ways is a reflection of his own persona—wealthy, outspoken and with little experience in politics.

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Democrats are likely to give Trump’s nominees the “Garland treatment”...

Still seething over the refusal of Senate Republicans even to consider Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are planning a deliberate and drawn-out confirmation process for Donald Trump’s high court nominee as well as his Cabinet choices.

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Repealing Obama’s regulations won’t always be easy...

President-elect Donald Trump has promised wholesale repeal of the federal rules and regulations initiated during the eight years Barack Obama has been in the White House. In fact, Trump says he will repeal 70 percent of those regulations, which he said have restricted growth and imposed uncalled for burdens on American businesses and families.

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The REINS Act would let Congress review new regulations...

One of the first bills that the Republican Congress will send to new President Trump will be the REINS Act, which stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny. It would require Congress to approve all major regulations—those with an annual economic impact of at least $100 million.

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How Trump’s immigration policies may impact business...

Immigration reform was a major theme throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House. Now that he’s the president-elect, let’s look at what he can or might do that will impact businesses large and small.

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Trump will get to remake the NLRB...

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been a painful thorn in the side of the business community, with critics charging that the Board’s Democratic majority has increasingly leaned far to the side of labor and against employers in its rulings.

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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.