John Skvarla says HB2’s impact is exaggerated
It’s an understatement to say there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to North Carolina economic development. So in addition to Business North Carolina’s annual list of biggest job-creating projects — which gives a very optimistic view — our July issue tackled the House Bill 2 debate by discussing the controversy with about 20 business and political leaders.
Among our findings:
- Projections of damage to the state economy due to HB2 — and concerns about the NBA pulling the league’s all star game are exaggerated, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla says.
- Projections of damage to the state economy due to HB2 are very real and likely to cause long-term pain, veteran site-selection consultant Mac Holladay says.
- Charlotte overreached, and the N.C. General Assembly overreacted, political rainmaker Art Pope says.
- The Human Rights Coalition’s aggressive lobbying of large companies and state Democratic politicians helped block any compromise, Charlotte Regional Partnership President Ronnie Bryant says.
- Former UNC Chapel Hill Law School Dean Judith Wegner sent a hate-filled email to HB2 sponsor Dan Bishop, one of her former students.
- The issue will be settled by November’s election between HB2 backer Pat McCrory and HB2 opponent Roy Cooper, Skvarla says.