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By: - March 27, 2017 6:25 am

369—number of days since House and Senate passed HB2 in a special legislative session in March of 2016 that was signed by former Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (Ibid)

6—number of days since news reports revealed that Credit Suisse was considering bringing up to 1,500 jobs to Wake County with an average annual salary of $100,000 if the General Assembly would repeal HB2 (“North Carolina’s HB2 repeal could mean 1,000-plus new Credit Suisse jobs in RTP, sources say, Triangle Business Journal, March 21, 2017)

630 million—amount in dollars of the minimum revenue already lost to North Carolina because of HB2 (“North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Flushes Away $630 Million In Lost Business,”, November 3, 2016)

3—number of days since N.C. State economist Mike Walden said the estimates of economic damage are low because “we don’t even know about the businesses who do not put North Carolina on the list” because of the law.” (Ibid)

118 million—amount in dollars the Greensboro area alone stands to lose if HB2 remains on the books and the NCAA refuses to hold events in the area between 2018 and 2022 (“North Carolina lost March Madness over bathroom bill. Greensboro still has a rabbit show, Washington Post, March 12, 2017)

75—number of days since the General Assembly convened the 2017 legislative session (N.C. General Assembly)

14—number of days since Governor Roy Cooper called again on the General Assembly to repeal HB2 in his State of the State address (“In State of the State, Governor Cooper says HB2 a ‘dark cloud,’ urges repeal,” Associated Press, March 13, 2017)

10—number of bills to repeal or modify HB2 that have been filed in the current legislative session (N.C. General Assembly)

0—number of committee hearings that have been held to discuss a bill that would repeal HB2 (Ibid)

96—number of days since General Assembly held a special session at the end of last year to repeal HB2 after the Charlotte City Council repealed its local nondiscrimination ordinance as part of deal with legislative leaders to repeal the state law (“Legislature fails to repeal HB2 in special session; Senator says ‘we’re worse off now’ than before, Progressive Pulse, December 21, 2016)

96—number of days since the General Assembly adjourned the special session to repeal HB2 without repealing it (Ibid)

96—number of days since Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger released a nearly 3,000 word diatribe blaming then Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper for blocking repeal of HB2 in the one-day special session (

35—number of seats controlled by Republicans in the Senate (N.C. General Assembly)

30—numbers of seats required for a supermajority in the Senate (Ibid)

74—number of seats controlled by Republicans in the House (Ibid)

72—number of seats required for a supermajority in the House (Ibid)

50—percentage of North Carolina voters who oppose HB2 (Public Policy Polling, January 19, 2017)

32—percentage of North Carolina voters who support HB2 (Ibid)

73—percentage of North Carolina voters who blame the General Assembly for the failure to repeal HB2 (Ibid)

67—number of days since Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly defeated an HB2 bill for their state (GOP committee kills Virginia bathroom bill similar to House Bill 2,”Progressive Pulse, January 19, 2017)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066