North Carolina Businesses Threatened by Pro-HB2 Lawmakers

Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina have reportedly threatened local businesses with punishment, telling them the legislation they'd like to see passed will not pass if they speak out against the so-called "bathroom bill" HB2.

Local NBC affiliate WRAL spoke to a dozen industry lobbyists who've been threatened by, among other people, the House majority leader

For his part, Majority Leader Mike Hager swears there's nothing to see here.

"That's not a threat," Hager, R-Rutherford, explained to WRAL News. "We want people that'll work with us. We don't want people that'll go out there and bash us on Twitter and bash us on Facebook."

Hager wants to remove state tax breaks that currently benefit American Airlines, NASCAR, Google, Apple and Facebook, all of which have taken public positions against House Bill 2. But he said that's just a coincidence.

I'll buy that for a dollar.

I bet the business community never thought they'd see Republicans tie their tax incentives to support for discriminatory legislation. Maybe -- and this is just a thought -- businesses should halt their practice of funding both sides in every election because there's only one side threatening to punish them if they refuse to discriminate against their own customers and employees.

Unless you are a fossil fuel or gun company, the GOP is no longer the party of business.

  • muselet

    “Nice business you got here. Be a shame if something was to happen to it.”

    No, no threat there at all.


  • Well since Citizen’s United those businesses have the same right to Free Speech, so they can Speechify all they want and shouldn’t be punished for it by the govt. Isn’t it lovely when the rabid dog they released comes back to bite them the ass.

    • Aynwrong

      Yes it is. I believe that adorable pooch is named Schadenfreude.

  • Badgerite

    They haven’t been the party of responsible business for some time. Their policies are actually more costly in the long run to the entire country, including the business community, than anything the Democratic party has every supported. Alternate energy sources is a case in point. There are a lot of ways to spin a friggin’ turbine. And in the long run, new energy is just a better technology all around and that includes for business interests. You don’t even have to get into issues of global warming on that one.