Monday, March 27, 2017

Campaign hubris that made policy cost North Carolina $4 billion.

Cassandra Thomas of Human Rights Campaign holds a sign advocating the repeal of HB2 as Executive Director Chad Griffin, President of Human Rights Campaign and Executive Director of Equality NC, Chris Sgro, discuss the North Carolina election results at the Government Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Charlotte, NC.

March 27, 2017
By Mark Berman
A year after North Carolina enacted a law regulating transgender people’s use of public restrooms, sparking boycotts and costing the state jobs and sports events alike, a new analysis says the legislation’s economic fallout is greater than previously estimated.

The so-called “bathroom bill” could cost the state at least $3.7 billion by 2028, according to an Associated Press assessment that tallied the losses – confirmed and projected – from events, meetings and business expansions that were scrapped due to the law....
...State lawmakers have discussed rescinding the controversial law, but repeal efforts have repeatedly fallen short, including a marathon special legislative session in December called for that very purpose. A spokesman for Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democratic, who has long opposed the law, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday....
There needs to be more than a repeal of the law, there needs to be penalties where the repealed law is continuing to be implemented.