Much has been said regarding HB2’s effects on the LGBT community. I have heard no discussion regarding that portion of the law dealing with local governments’ ability to increase their minimum wage above the state’s $7.50 level. A minimal $7.50 rate might work in rural areas, but how can our urban citizens cope with such low wages?
HB2 has implications similar to other bills enacted and proposed recently. Local governments have been prohibited from enacting regulations regarding buildings in their communities, while attempts are underway to take local tax revenues from urbanized areas and pass them on to rural districts. These bills all have one objective, to gain support for Republicans in our rural areas. If they weaken urbanized regions, so much the better
Why are the Republicans so concerned about the rural minority population? If one looks at the way North Carolina has been gerrymandered, the answer is simple. It is evident that urbanized more liberal/moderate areas (which contain, according to the 2010 censes, 66 percent of our population) have been lumped together into a few congressional districts so that rural and usually much more conservative folks have a disproportionate voice in our state’s governance. A recent Supreme Court case concerning Texas and the conservative group “Project on Fair Representation” is evidence that disenfranchisement of urban areas is happening throughout the nation.
Due to gerrymandering, writing letters to local papers and voting in our congressional districts will probably do little to remedy the systematic disenfranchisement of our urban citizens by the Republican Party. I hope things can be remedied prior to people acting in a manner similar to our founding fathers when they felt they were taxed without being properly represented.