From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina’s politicians have had plenty to say this week about the loss of ACC and NCAA championship games due to House Bill 2. But perhaps no one has been more outspoken about the need for the repeal of HB2 than Guilford County’s Rep. Chris Sgro.
His hometown will lose an estimated $17 million with just the loss of the opening-round games for the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which would have been played next March at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Greensboro – known to some as ‘Tournament Town’ – has bids on another 51 sporting events that hang in the balance.
Sgro, who also serves as the executive director of Equality NC, says the governor’s decision not to call a special session and repeal HB2 is a failure of leadership:
“We have a terrible piece of legislation on the books that makes us an unwelcoming state. And while individual North Carolinians and towns and cities across the state are incredibly welcoming and desperately want these events and opportunities, Pat McCrory has closed the door for business in North Carolina, and then turns around an acts surprised at the consequences of his own actions. It’s really maddening.”
Republican Senator Rick Gunn from neighboring Alamance County is also nervous about the economic fallout from the law. Gunn tweeted last night:
“…I think it is time we give serious consideration to modifying, or possibly repealing.”
Rep. Sgro will join Chris Fitzsimon this weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News & Views to discuss the ongoing damage caused by the anti-LGBT legislation. For a preview of that radio interview , click below: