There is lots of talk on right-wing avenue this week about North Carolina’s big jump in the business climate rankings published by the right-leaning Tax Foundation.
Imagine that, a conservative think tank that evaluates states solely on their tax rates giving North Carolina a higher ranking for cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthy. More on that later this week on the main NC Policy Watch site.
But business leaders care about a lot more than just tax rates when deciding where to set up shop—things like the quality of life for their employees, a well-educated workforce, good transportation infrastructure, etc. And they care about how states treat their workers.
That was the message from Apple CEO Tim Cook in a recent speech in his native state of Alabama.
Alabama was “too slow” to guarantee rights in the 1960s, Cook said, and it removed a ban on interracial marriage from its Constitution only 14 years ago.
And (Alabama is) still too slow on equality for the LGBT community. Under the law, citizens of Alabama can still be fired based on their sexual orientation,” said Cook, a native of coastal Baldwin County. “We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it and we can create a different future.
Workers in North Carolina can also still be fired based on their sexual orientation. Our state leaders need to listen to Cook and create a different future here too.