So how bad did HB-2 hurt North Carolina?
As many of you will remember during the contentious debate over HB2, opponents predicted the legislation would prove an economic disaster for the state. One report published by the Williams Institute affiliated with the UCLA School of Law and an organization that focuses on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity claimed that HB2 would cost the North Carolina up to $5 billion a year in lost revenue.
On Monday The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced that 97 of the State’s 100 counties saw increases in visitor spending in 2016.
In 2016 North Carolina was the 6th most visited state, with 48 million visitors. According to figures visitors spent $22.9 billion statewide, an increase of 4.4 percent from the previous year.
What more needs to be said.