Saturday, April 02, 2016

North Carolina may be as poor as Mississippi soon


The recent "bathroom bill" passed by the North Carolina Republican/Teabagger legislature may soon have severe economic consequences for the state. We have seen the negative reactions from numerous businesses and now the federal government is looking into suspending funding because of the legalized discrimination bill.
The North Carolina law created a mandatory statewide anti-discrimination policy, but it did not include specific protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not match the sexes on their birth certificates.

Anthony Foxx, the secretary of transportation, first raised the prospect of a review of federal funding in public remarks on Tuesday in North Carolina. The Department of Transportation provides roughly $1 billion a year to North Carolina. The New York Times then asked other federal agencies whether they were conducting similar reviews.

A Department of Education spokeswoman, Dorie Nolt, said on Friday that her agency was also reviewing the North Carolina law “to determine any potential impact on the state’s federal education funding.” She added, “We will not hesitate to act if students’ civil rights are being violated.”

The agency said it provided $4.3 billion to North Carolina last year for kindergarten through 12th grade as well as colleges.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said it was doing a similar evaluation. “We’re reviewing the effects of the law on HUD funding allocated for North Carolina,” said Cameron French, a department spokesman.

White House officials had no comment.
Yet. But the WHite House does have room to maneuver here and Art Pope Puppet Gov. McCrory may be sorry he jumped into this so eagerly.

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