Earlier this week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest was invited to testify in front of the Texas Legislature as their state weighs passing Senate Bill 9, a piece of legislation modeled on North Carolina’s H.B. 2 law.
Forest, North Carolina’s premier Conservative on the Council of State, has long been a very vocal advocate for H.B. 2, continuously stressing the importance of protecting women and children from those who would seek to do them harm.
The Lieutenant Governor continued his advocacy for laws like H.B.2 in front of the Texas Legislature, while also striking down the completely inaccurate liberal narrative that the law had, somehow, harmed North Carolina’s economy.
He began his dismantling of the liberal narrative by taking aim at the state’s flagship #FakeNews outlet, WRAL, who despite using all of their resources to force a repeal of H.B. 2 admitted that the cancellations of events were overblown, and that “cancellations over HB2 make headlines, but barely a dent in the North Carolina economy.”
Forest estimated that the total impact of H.B. 2 resulted in a loss of just one-tenth of one percent of the state’s annual GDP.
“We are growing jobs,” Forest said. “Our economy is growing.”
Lieutenant Governor Forest also took the occasion to brag about the incredible amount of success North Carolina continues to experience thanks to the leadership of himself, former Governor Pat McCrory, and the Republican legislature.
Forest rattled off many of the state’s latest accolades and accomplishments that were all achieved while the state’s reputation was under constant assault from radical liberals and their allies in the mainstream media.
Some of North Carolina’s accolades and accomplishments mentioned by Forest include:
- Having the nation’s 6th highest rate of job growth.
- Recording higher GDP and per capita income growth annually than any other state.
- Employing roughly 76,000 more people since H.B. 2 was signed into law.
- Bringing in $2.5 billion dollars more than the previous four years from tourism spending.
- Experiencing a state record a 3.4% increase in hotel and motel occupancy in 2016.
Ultimately, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest represented himself and the state of North Carolina extraordinarily well, undoubtedly leaving the Texas lawmakers in attendance with a better appreciation for our state, and it’s top Conservative lawmaker.
Forest’s testimony proved that he’s taking a step forward and becoming the unquestioned leader of the Conservative movement in Raleigh.
This may very well even serve as a springboard for him to be leading our state as a whole just four short years from now.
Watch Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s testimony in front of the Texas Legislature: