by Sam Hieb
For starters, sportswriters can’t seem to get enough of that wise old philosopher—-UNC coach Roy Williams—-waxing on the ill-effects of HB2 on our fair state. All I can say is Roy hit the nail n the head when he said he “may not be the smartest but I’m darn sure not the dumbest.” I think the Tar Heels performance against Arkansas Sunday evening reveled that statement to be true. As for Roy’s statement that he’s having a hard time “figuring out why we think our law is what’s right when 49 other states don’t have that”—well that remains to be seen, considering several other states are considering bathroom bills. Last but not least, as for Duke “paying the price” for having to play in Greenville instead of Greensboro, well, my heart just weeps for Duke…..
Meanwhile, the Washington Times reports N.C.’s economy is doing just fine in spite of HB2:
Tourism has thrived: Hotel occupancy, room rates and demand for rooms set records in 2016, according to the year-end hotel lodging report issued last week by VisitNC, part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Meanwhile, North Carolina ranked fourth in the nation for attracting and expanding businesses with the arrival of 289 major projects, and seventh in projects per capita — the same as in 2015, according to Site Selection magazine, which released its 2016 rankings in the March edition.
North Carolina finished first for drawing corporate facilities in the eight-state South Atlantic region, said Site Selection, which uses figures tracked by the Conway Projects Database.
And in November, both Forbes and Site Selection magazine ranked North Carolina the No. 2 state for business climate.
Note the article mentions–as if we haven’t heard–the number of acts pulling out of N.C. due to HB2—Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Boston, Maroon 5 and Cirque de Soleil. Not on the list? None other than ultra-left singer James Taylor, who will be performing at Merlefest come April. Go figure.