Archives: Leonard Robinson III

  • Bill would block cities and counties from creating new crimes

    North Carolina’s effort to rewrite the state’s criminal code continues making gradual progress.  The House Rules Committee recently issued a favorable report on Senate Bill 584, the latest legislative step in recodification efforts championed by criminal justice reform advocates and members…

  • Study says N.C. film subsidies are a bust for taxpayers

    If it were a film, North Carolina’s subsidy program wouldn’t be a box office smash. A recent study from the Western Carolina University Center for the Study of Free Enterprise says the $400 million North Carolina taxpayers have invested in film subsidies has…

  • DeVos, Forest pitch Education Freedom Scholarships

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest this week gathered a roundtable of school-choice advocates to pitch Education Freedom Scholarships. The idea from the U.S. Department of Education is designed to enhance school-choice efforts.  If…

  • Enrollment growth continues for home, charter, and private schools

    North Carolina continues to see growth in homeschooling, charter schools, and private schools, a recent report from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction says.  The report shows more than 80,000 additional students have chosen an educational option beyond their locally assigned district school between 2008…

  • Raleigh attorneys offer quality legal services to poor from RV

    Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. June 25 to clarify a fee regarding expungements. In April, Raleigh-based law firm Osborn, Gambale, Beckley, and Budd launched an RV-based legal clinic providing free legal advice to communities that lack services nearby. Most…

  • S.B. 609 remains focus of N.C. school choice efforts

    Policy experts and lawmakers point to Senate Bill 609, K-12 Scholarship Changes, as a noteworthy way to advance school choice in North Carolina. Several prominent school-choice advocates gathered Wednesday, June 5, at a panel on school choice hosted by the libertarian Cato Institute and the…

  • N.C. dodged a public-transit bullet, study says

    Proponents of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project were issued a crushing blow by the GoTriangle Board of Trustees, which terminated the project in early April. But a recent study says termination was a good thing. (See…

  • NCSU study shows tax incentives harm state’s economy

    The economic costs of corporate tax incentives outweigh their benefits, a new study by N.C. State University researchers says. The study focused on three types of tax incentives — investment or job creation tax credits, property tax abatements,…