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April 2018

Congress wonít do very much between now and November...

With all 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats up for grabs in November, congressional leaders will avoid opening any controversial issues that might provide fuel for their opponents in close election fights.


Rolling back the rollbacks at EPA...

While President Trump continues to insist that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is doing a “great job” in undoing Obama-era environmental regulations, it appears that much of that effort is in danger of being diluted or struck down by the courts.


Supreme Court to rule whether online merchants must collect state sales taxes...

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to require Amazon and other online merchants to collect state sales taxes on all online sales.


Congress moves to make the IRS friendlier to taxpayers...

A bipartisan plan to redesign the Internal Revenue Service, including an independent office of taxpayer appeals and measures to prevent identity theft, is expected to win quick congressional approval.


Past salaries donít justify pay disparities between men and women...

In a decision with far-reaching national implications, a federal appeals court has ruled that employers cannot rely on a workerís past salaries to justify pay differences between men and women performing the same work.


GOP finally regains control at the NLRB...

With the confirmation of John Ring as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Republicans now have the 3-2 majority on the five-member Board, opening the way to revisiting and reversing a number of pro-labor Obama-era NLRB decisions.


Federal agencies streamline environmental review of infrastructure projects...

Eleven federal agencies have agreed to streamline environmental review of major infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


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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.