Lloyd Scher issued a statement July 22 concerning the NBA's decision to remove the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte due to state's passage of House Bill 2 into law earlier this year.
"As a huge basketball fan and proud Charlottean, I am disappointed that Charlotte has lost the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. But I’m more disappointed for the hospitality workers who will lose pay because the game left town, the business owners who will lose income, and the city itself, which will lose sorely needed tax revenue for our schools, public safety, libraries, roads, and parks.
"We have lost at least $100 million -- money that would have reduced our own tax bills -- because our state legislators put politics before the well-being and prosperity of all citizens. All of us will be hurt economically, regardless of our affiliation. That is the reality.
"We deserve representatives who will put the people first. As your North Carolina Senator for District 39, one of my highest priorities will be repealing HB2, so we can begin the hard work of bringing business and prosperity back to the Queen City and Mecklenburg County."