Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

Foreign firms soak up Virginia tax breaks

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, New York, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOASTING TAXPAYERS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe hoists a glass to bringing Stone Brewing Co. to Richmond, amid questions about the public costs and benefits of trickle-down economics.

Half of the corporations receiving Virginia’s biggest public subsidies are headquartered outside the country. In all, $410,150,107 in state and local incentives, including cash, have been pledged to companies to do business in Virginia.

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Campaign call rises: Abolish Virginia income taxes

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Florida, News, State Government, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

BREAKING FROM THE FIELD: Vince Haley stands out in the crowded 12th Senate District race with his plan to abolish Virginia's income taxes.

Seeking to stand out in a four-way state Senate race to succeed retiring Walter Stosch, Republican Vince Haley wants to abolish Virginia’s income tax.

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FAIR fight: Tax cutter duels for more immigrants

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Economy, Immigration, National  /  No Comments

WON'T TAX SYSTEM: Grover Norquist says the more immigrants, the better, for the U.S. economy.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a battle of Washington heavyweights, tax reformer Grover Norquist will debate border enforcer Dan Stein on immigration policy this week.
From a libertarian-business perspective, Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, supports amnesty for illegal immigrants and an increased flow of foreign nationals, arguing they will stimulate the U.S. […]

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U.S. subsidies energize foreign corporations

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Connecticut, Federal Government, Maine, Massachusetts, National, New York, News, Virginia, Washington  /  No Comments

YOUR MONEY GOES HERE: Spanish utility giant Iberdrola received nearly $2.2 billion through federal stimulus programs.

The United States may have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, but large companies, including foreign firms, are reaping billions of dollars in subsidies from Uncle Sam. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., says it’s past time to end corporate welfare schemes that gamble with the public’s money

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Stupid country? ‘I-Squared’ immigration lobby hammers U.S. technology workers

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Federal Government, Immigration, Iowa, Lobbying, National, New York, Technology, Utah, Washington  /  No Comments

RUNNING DOWN AMERICA: Sen. Orrin Hatch says the United States is a "stupid country" to deny entry to skilled tech workers from overseas

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
If it’s good for Google, is it good for America?
Under pressure to bring more foreign technology workers into the country, Congress is weighing a bipartisan bill to triple the number of skilled-work visas and expand other immigrant programs.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is all in. On Tuesday, the bill’s sponsor called the […]

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Sunshine dims in Hanover County bond deal

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Local Government, News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

WINDING ROAD: A Bass Pro Shop sign signals Hanover County's increasingly costly commercial development at Winding Brook.

Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group.

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