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North Carolina’s lawmakers need to just take the loss and move on

The NCAA is the latest group to move events out of North Carolina due to HB-2.

At some point, the cost outweighs the benefit. That’s one of the first lessons taught in any economic classroom and it’s one North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers have yet to learn.

Remove yourself from your own political views for a second and put yourself in those of one of these lawmakers, most of whom are for it. In March, you pushed through a bill that was condemned by the ACLU for violating the civil rights act58 percent of voters said it was hurting the state, reinforcing the negative view many have of North Carolina. But still, lawmakers could say they were standing by their principles.

Then, the hits started coming. PayPal withdrew plans for expansion into Charlotte, costing the economy over $20 million. Numerous states issued travel bans for government employees, more companies halted expansion into the state and in April, Time Warner Cable News North Carolina estimated a $77 million loss to the economy. Even Bruce Springsteen refused to come.

Then the NBA threatened to relocate the All-Star game. You didn’t believe them. It was a bluff, done only for PR purposes and come February, the All-Star game would be in Charlotte, as planned.

Then, the NBA relocated the All-Star game, a loss to the economy that could total over $100 million. At this point, it was overwhelmingly clear that the financial cost was outweighing the social benefit, but still, lawmakers stood by their principles.

Now, the NCAA has removed seven events, with no word from the ACC on whether or not its championship game will still be in Charlotte. At this point, principles don’t matter anymore, this law is still on the books for the simple reason of pride. The NC GOP’s statement which read, in part: “I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor,” clears away any lingering doubt about that.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re for HB2 or against it. At this point, the cost outweighs the benefit and it’s time to acknowledge that and move on.

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