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March 2018

March Madness: NCAA basketball and Capital fun and games...

When most folks hear the phrase “March Madness,” they think about brackets and the annual college basketball championship. But March Madness is also an apt description for what’s going on—or not going on—in our nation’s capital.

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Which businesses can take the new pass-through tax deduction remains unclear...

When Republicans included the so-called pass-through deduction as part of the massive tax bill enacted in December, it was widely hailed as a major new tax break for hundreds of thousands of business owners who report their company’s income on their personal tax returns.

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Congressional Republicans may still challenge Trump tariffs...

Republicans in Congress have not been shy in their public opposition to President Trump’s new tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. Even as Trump softened his initial plan by at least temporarily exempting Mexico and Canada from the tariffs, GOP lawmakers warned of a trade war with dire political and economic consequences.

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Labor Department asks employers to self-report their wage and hour violations...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has launched a pilot program aimed at encouraging employers to voluntarily report their wage and hour violations.

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EPA’s Pruitt continues his crusade to slash the agency he heads...

Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general and now head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been unrelenting in his efforts to shrink the EPA and refute the scientific support for global warming..

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Employer can’t lean on religious beliefs to fire transgender employees...

The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in ruling that a federal law protecting religious freedom does not give an employer the right to discriminate against a transgender employee.

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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.