In 2016, anti-LGBT discrimination will cost you, and one North Carolina Senator is calling out HB2 for costing the state $4.5 Billion in federal education funding.
Senator Jeff Jackson added the graphic above to his Facebook page, asking if his state can really afford to lose all that funding. We’ll go out on a limb and say they probably can’t.
The $4.5 billion number comes from an ACLU estimate that claims North Carolina could lose the money because it violates an anti-discrimination clause of title IX funding.
From Indy Week:
Title IX is a provision of the 1972 Education Amendments law that says: “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX applies to any school that receives federal funding, which include about 16,500 local districts, 7,500 postsecondary institutions, “as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums.” In 2014, the Department of Education clarified that transgender students are, in fact, protected under Title IX.
Mind you, this $4.5 billion is only for educational funding and doesn’t count the billions in potential lost revenue if the dozens of corporations who’ve already spoken out against HB2 follow through with their threats to boycott North Carolina.
Can North Carolina afford this? All signs point to no. But by all means Gov. McCrory, continue to double down on discrimination and bankrupt your state while you’re at it.