Connect with us

AP: HB2 Will Cost North Carolina $3.76 Billion

Published

on

‘Such a Dumpster Fire, and Nobody Wants to Go Near It’

Despite claims by Republicans, including then-Governor Pat McCrory, that the wide-sweeping anti-LGBT law known as HB2 was having no negative affects, an Associated Press analysis finds it will cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion over 12 years. By the end of this year, the AP says the Tar Heel State will have lost “more than $525 million.” But it doesn’t end there.

“North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won’t be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott,” the AP reports.

The AP calls its own report “an underestimation of the law’s true costs” because it ignored reports that it could not quantify. 

“Some projects that left, such as a Lionsgate television production that backed out of plans in Charlotte, weren’t included because of a lack of data on their economic impact.”

That one project sent more than 100 jobs to Canada. The AP says “more than 2,900 direct jobs” went elsewhere.

Those include PayPal canceling a 400-job project in Charlotte, CoStar backing out of negotiations to bring 700-plus jobs to the same area, and Deutsche Bank scuttling a plan for 250 jobs in the Raleigh area. Other companies that backed out include Adidas, which is building its first U.S. sports shoe factory employing 160 near Atlanta rather than a High Point site, and Voxpro, which opted to hire hundreds of customer support workers in Athens, Georgia, rather than the Raleigh area.

“We couldn’t set up operations in a state that was discriminating against LGBT” people, Dan Kiely, Voxpro founder and CEO, said in an interview.

A planned PayPal expansion was expected “to contribute more than $200 million annually to North Carolina’s gross domestic product — an overall measure of the economy. By the end of 2028, the state expected PayPal to have added $2.66 billion to the state economy.”

Shelly Green, the CEO of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau summed up the effects of HB2: “When you think about it, this whole thing is just such a Dumpster fire, and nobody wants to go near it.”

To comment on this article and other NCRM content, visit our Facebook page.

Image by Nathania Johnson via Flickr and a CC license 

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

2020 Road to the White House

‘First Major Shakeup’: Warren ‘Has Surged’ to First Place Ahead of Biden and Sanders in Iowa Caucuses Poll

Published

on

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “has surged” in Iowa, jumping ahead of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the just -released Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa Caucuses voters.

It is the first time Warren has placed first. She comes as the first choice of 22% of voters. Biden grabbed 20%, and Sanders falls to third place with just 11%.

“This is the first major shakeup,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, the Des Moines Register reports. “It’s the first time we’ve had someone other than Joe Biden at the top of the leader board.”

Iowa is considered a crucial state for primary candidates to win.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in fourth with 9%, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is at 6%. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are each at 3%.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

Continue Reading

IMPEACH

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Scorches Democrats for Not Impeaching Trump in Blistering WaPo Op-Ed

Published

on

President Donald Trump has been “emboldened” by congressional inaction, according to a powerful new op-ed published Friday evening by The Washington Post.

The bipartisan appeal was written by prominent Republican attorney George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Neal Katyal, who served as the acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.

“A whistleblower in U.S. intelligence lodged a complaint with the intelligence community’s inspector general so alarming that he labeled it of ‘urgent concern’ and alerted the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Though the details remain secret, apparently this much can be gleaned: The complaint is against the president. It concerns a ‘promise’ that the president made, in at least one phone call, with a foreign leader. And it involves Ukraine and possible interference with the next presidential election,” the two wrote.

“The complaint is being brazenly suppressed by the Justice Department — in defiance of a whistleblower law that says, without exception, the complaint ‘shall’ be turned over to Congress,” they continued.

“We also know this: As he admitted Thursday night on CNN, the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has been trying to persuade the Ukrainian government to investigate, among other things, one of Trump’s potential Democratic opponents, former vice president Joe Biden, and Biden’s son Hunter about the latter’s involvement with a Ukrainian gas company,” they added.

Related: George Conway Tweets Links Tying Trump to Accused Child Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein

Conway and Katyal explained the implications of the scandal.

“So it appears that the president might have used his official powers — in particular, perhaps the threat of withholding a quarter-billion dollars in military aid — to leverage a foreign government into helping him defeat a potential political opponent in the United States,” they explained. “If Trump did that, it would be the ultimate impeachable act. Trump has already done more than enough to warrant impeachment and removal with his relentless attempts, on multiple fronts, to sabotage the counterintelligence and criminal investigation by then-special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and to conceal evidence of those attempts.”

Trump’s Ukraine scandal is “even worse” than his Russia scandal, the two argued.

“Unlike the allegations of conspiracy with Russia before the 2016 election, these concern Trump’s actions as president, not as a private citizen, and his exercise of presidential powers over foreign policy with Ukraine. Moreover, with Russia, at least there was an attempt to get the facts through the Mueller investigation; here the White House is trying to shut down the entire inquiry from the start — depriving not just the American people, but even congressional intelligence committees, of necessary information,” they note.

The also offered harsh criticism of House Democrats.

“It is high time for Congress to do its duty, in the manner the framers intended. Given how Trump seems ever bent on putting himself above the law, something like what might have happened between him and Ukraine — abusing presidential authority for personal benefit — was almost inevitable. Yet if that is what occurred, part of the responsibility lies with Congress, which has failed to act on the blatant obstruction that Mueller detailed months ago,” they argued. “Congressional procrastination has probably emboldened Trump, and it risks emboldening future presidents who might turn out to be of his sorry ilk.”

Read the full column.

RELATED STORIES:

George Conway Takes More Swings at Trump – Weighs in on Impeachment and Indictment

George Conway Tweets Text to 25th Amendment and Calls Trump ‘A Loony Tune’ After Explosive Rose Garden Pity Party

George Conway Gives Advice to Democratic Presidential Candidates on How to ‘Trigger’ Trump’s ‘Final Meltdown’

 

Continue Reading

NOT HOW THIS WORKS

Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

Read the full report.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 AlterNet Media.