Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory tweeted an economic survey done in January and February -- before he caused half a billion in economic damage thru discriminatory HB2 law.
The tweet, which was pinned to the top of Gov. McCrory's Twitter account, boasts a survey by CEOs ranking North Carolina as the third best state for businesses.
But the survey was done before McCrory, Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore arranged to ram through discriminatory legislation in a costly 9-hour special session on March 23.
In fact, according to the editor-in-chief of Chief Executive magazine, which fielded the survey, responses were collected in January and February 2016. And since late March, North Carolina has suffered more than half a billion dollars in economic loss as conventions, concerts, and businesses like PayPal and Deutsche Bank have moved elsewhere, and tourism has declined. Additionally, more than 200 leading CEOs and major business leaders have signed onto HRC and Equality NC’s open letter urging McCrory and the state’s General Assembly to repeal HB2.
“HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians,” they wrote. “We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.”
“Discrimination is wrong, and we believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country,” they concluded. “As companies that pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.”
In touting a pre-HB2 survey, all McCrory has done is underscore how his reckless action has harmed the economy of North Carolina.
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