Gov. McCrory’s HB2 Will Cost North Carolina $5 Billion a Year, New Study Finds
Lost Federal Funding Is Just the Beginning
Governor Pat McCrory‘s anti-LGBT law HB2 will end up costing taxpayers and businesses about $5 billion a yearÂ â€“ every yearÂ â€“ if it is not repealed. That figure comes from a new study by the Williams Institute, aÂ UCLA School of Law think tank focused onÂ sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
â€œThe repeal of HB2 would not only reverse the threat to over $5 billion in economic activity for the state, but would also begin to bring North Carolina some of the economic advantages that come when a state embraces diversity and its LGBT citizens,â€ according to a co-author of the new report,Â Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel at the Williams Institute.
A summary of the study lists “ten actual or potential harmful economic impacts”:
Discrimination.Â Â HB2 conflicts with federal laws, the laws of other states, and the policies of most large companies.Â As a result, North Carolina risks losing:
Â Â Â Â Â 1. Loss of Federal Funding
Â Â Â Â Â 2. Loss of Business Investment
Â Â Â Â Â 3. Reduced Travel and Tourism
Â Â Â Â Â 4. Litigation and Enforcement CostsÂ
Development.Â Â HB2 adds to a challenging environment that LGBT people already face in North Carolina.Â By moving toward exclusion and away from inclusion, HB2 exacerbates:
Â Â Â Â Â Â 5. Bullying in School
Â Â Â Â Â 6. Workplace Discrimination
Â Â Â Â Â 7. Health DisparitiesÂ
Diversity.Â Â HB2, by adding to an already challenging legal landscape and social climate for the over 168,900 LGBT workers in North Carolina, has the following harmful economic impacts:
Â Â Â Â Â 8. Productivity
Â Â Â Â Â 9. Retention
Â Â Â Â Â 10. RecruitmentÂ
Loss of federal funding is put atÂ $4.8 billion, “primarily from the loss of $4.7 billion in funding for public schools, colleges, and universities.”
Since announcing his lawsuit against the federal government, Gov.McCrory has falsely and repeatedly suggested only one company, Paypal, has pulled jobs out of the state.
The study reports that, actually, North Carolina has already sufferedÂ a loss of more than “$40 million in business investment that has been withdrawn from the state, resulting in a loss of over 1,250 jobs, and the risk of losing over $20 million more in business investment and 550 more jobs.”
“Over 60% of North Carolina voters already feel that HB2 has hurt the stateâ€™s image with the rest of the U.S., making it harder to attract the best and brightest,” the study notes.
â€œBy moving toward exclusion and away from inclusion, HB2 contributes to the discriminatory environment that LGBT people face at school, in the workplace, in housing, and in public lifeâ€” creating health and economic disparities for LGBT people in the state and taking a significant toll on LGBT youth in particular,â€Â Mallory adds.
The Williams Institute says HB2 directly affects “North Carolinaâ€™s over 336,000 LGBT residents” including “37,800 transgender people in the state.”
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Image by Ervins StrauhmanisÂ via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Dominic Holden
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No Indictment in the Trump Hush Money Payoff Case for at Least Another Month
Despite his false claim he would be indicted last week, Donald Trump isn’t going to see any indictment any time soon – at least not by New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s grand jury investigating his role in the hush money payoff to Stormy Daniels.
The grand jury will be on hiatus from the Trump case for the next month, according to Politico, which says the break was previously planned.
Jurors are not expected to hear any evidence in the case this week or next week, and will break for the Passover holiday next Thursday. They will be off for the following two weeks, Politico’s source says, citing a schedule drawn up in January.
“There is no official deadline for bringing an indictment against Trump, although there were indications in recent weeks that the grand jury’s activity was nearing a vote, particularly when prosecutors offered Trump the chance to testify before the panel. That is typically one of the final steps of a criminal investigation,” Politico notes.
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There is one caveat to the “no official deadline” claim. Journalist Marcy Wheeler notes, if the grand jury “were to charge witness tampering in conjunction with the Costello [communications] to [Michael] Cohen, they would create a hard deadline before the end of April.”
Costello is Robert Costello, who Trump asked the grand jury to interview, hoping he would refute his longtime former attorney’s testimony.
Of course, anything is possible and DA Bragg could call the grand jury into session at any time.
There is also the unlikely possibility that he will not ask them to vote on an indictment in the case. They could also vote against indicting Trump.
Here’s How Five Republicans in Congress Are Responding to the Mass Shooting of 3 Children and 3 Adults in Nashville (Video)
There are 535 seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and another six non-voting seats for delegates. After Monday’s horrific mass shooting at a private Christian elementary school, where three nine-year olds and three adults were shot to death, very few Members appeared on-camera to talk with reporters about the tragedy.
The Democrats who did advocated for various gun control measures, including reinstating the federal assault weapons ban signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton that Republican lawmakers and President George W. Bush refused to renew in 2004, after which mass shootings and gun violence skyrocketed.
The red line is when Republicans decided not to extend the assault weapons ban in 2005. pic.twitter.com/sK4K8K1dnt
— Anirvan Ghosh (@anirvanghosh) March 28, 2023
President Joe Biden this week repeatedly called on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, a call he has made over and over again.
In addition to calling for an assault weapons ban, House and Senate Democrats responded to the mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian Elementary in Nashville by calling for tighter gun control measures including implementing red flag laws.
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The parents of the Nashville shooter have said their child had an emotional disorder and should not have had any firearms. Three were used in the assault and another four were found at the shooter’s home. Tennessee has no red flag law so police were not legally allowed to take the guns away.
After last year’s school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were shot to death, some states took action. Tennessee, where the Nashville school shooting became the nation’s 130th this year, did little.
“We’re not looking at gun restriction laws in my administration right now,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, said after the tragedy. “Criminals don’t follow laws, criminals break laws. Whether they are a gun law, a drug law, criminals break laws.”
“We can’t control what they do.”
But in a sense, Governor Lee did control what they do.
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In 2021 ago he signed into law a permit-less open-carry law: no permit required, no training required, no background check required.
Three years ago, Tennessee Governor @GovBillLee announced permitless open-carry of firearms.
Today, 6 people (including 3 children) were killed at a school. pic.twitter.com/vitt4c3ppX
— Shoshana Ungerleider, MD (@ShoshUMD) March 27, 2023
A Tennessee Republican U.S. Congressman, Tim Burchett this week repeatedly decreed there’s nothing that can be done.
Echoing almost word-for-word Governor Lee’s remarks from three years ago, in now-viral video, Rep. Burchett infamously on Monday declared, “We’re not gonna fix it. Criminals are going to be criminals.”
Rep. Tim Burchett R-TN sees no role for the Congress to stop future school shootings.
“We’re not going to fix it. Criminals are going to be criminals.”pic.twitter.com/nZ0QVTHDsD
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 28, 2023
He did, however, invoke religion, calling for a Christian revival, and declaring that was the answer to fixing mass shootings and gun violence.
On Tuesday Rep. Burchett was back in front of the cameras, furthering his call to do nothing.
“I don’t know what law we could pass,” he said. “Evil people are going to do evil things.”
Republican Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett says any legislation Congress could pass in the wake of the Nashville school shooting is “not going to accomplish anything.”
“I don’t know what law we could pass,” Burchett tells @CHueyBurns. “Evil people are going to do evil things.” pic.twitter.com/p1Kc2vlULD
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 28, 2023
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) appeared on CNN this week and responded to the Nashville slaughter by defending his threat to President Biden to try to take his AR-15 away.
In a rare example of excellent journalism, CNN’s Phil Mattingly pressed Buck after the far-right Republican tried to change the topic.
“If Joe Biden is interested in reaching a resolution on the issue let him deal with the Southern border,” Buck defiantly declared, literally blaming President Biden’s border policies for gun violence.
He also tried to link the Nashville mass shooting to a mental health problem and then tried to link that to drug laws and a lack of funding for states for mental health services.
Rep. Buck last year voted against two mental health bills, and since 2019 has voted against the vast majority of 40 or so health care bills.
“What’s the burden on you?” Matttingly asked Buck.
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Unyieldingly, Buck replied, “My burden is to follow the Constitution, and the Second Amendment protects – there are more than two million AR-15s.”
Following a shooting at a school in Nashville that killed six, Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck reacts to a video he made in 2020 challenging Joe Biden to take away his AR-15. pic.twitter.com/Zj5IWfbAjW
— CNN (@CNN) March 29, 2023
Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Ogles, who represents Nashville, Tennessee and came under fire again this week for his 2021 Christmas card showing him and his family, including young children, holding assault weapons, was asked about banning AR-15s.
Rep. Ogles’ response was to answer the question with another question: “Why not talk about the real issue facing this country?” which he declared, like Rep. Buck and others, is mental health. He then walked away.
GOP Congressman Andy Ogles, who represents the Nashville district where a school shooting claimed the lives of 3 adults and 3 children, said the real issue in the U.S. is mental health when asked about banning assault rifles. https://t.co/vYY5bQaq27 pic.twitter.com/c8iSYBMzRL
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 29, 2023
U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) took a different tact on the GOP’s do-nothing policy while supporting the GOP’s walk-away response.
He equated assault weapons with politics and emotions.
“If you’re gonna talk about the AR-15 you’re talking politics now,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju. “Let’s not get into politics. let’s not get into emotion, because emotion feels good, but emotion doesn’t solve problems.”
He then just walked away.
Rep. Byron Donalds tells CNN that talk of an AR-15 ban following the latest school shooting is just “politics” and “emotions”
“Emotion doesn’t solve problems,” he adds pic.twitter.com/VGCbY2gnU8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 28, 2023
But perhaps the greatest example of the Republican response to gun violence and mass shootings came from House Republican’s leader, Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
On Tuesday, McCarthy stood in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall to pose for photos with some tourists.
CNN’s Manu Raju asked the Speaker about the “incredibly serious situation” in Nashville, suggesting it required a response from the Speaker of the House.
He refused to provide one, then walked away.
Speaker McCarthy continues to refuse to answer questions about Nashville shooting or whether there should be any legislative response. Says he’s not answering any questions.
Posed for photos with tourists, then went into his office pic.twitter.com/Bv58IsjwYo
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 28, 2023
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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough profanely bashed Donald Trump and his Republican defenders for celebrating Jan. 6 insurrectionists as heroes.
The former president showed a video of jailed rioters singing a song, “Justice for All,” and the national anthem during a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, and Trump defended them and raged against “thug” prosecutors — and the “Morning Joe” host tried to imagine if anyone else had done something similar.
“Can you imagine if the left did this?” Scarborough said. “They have the leading candidate for president, for the nomination for the presidency praising — they have put together a choir of convicts who beat the sh*t out of cops with an American flag. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, would you like me to say it in a nicer way? They beat the crap out of cops with an American flag, and four died, and their families directly blame the assault [on] the rioters. They defecated in the Capitol.”
“Can you imagine if left-wingers did all of that, and then Bernie Sanders says, ‘I have a good idea, let’s make a choir, we can celebrate the fact that they defecated on the cops, we can do that — why, that will help us?'” Scarborough continued. “I mean, think about that, what would Newsmax say, what would Fox say, what would all of these right wing — they are openly praising rioters and convicts.”
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