The Obama administration is considering whether North Carolina’s new law on gay and transgender rights makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing, officials said Friday.
Cutting off any federal money — or even simply threatening to do so — would put major new pressure on North Carolina to repeal the law, which eliminated local protections for gay and transgender people and restricted which bathrooms transgender people can use. A loss of federal money could send the state into a budget crisis and jeopardize services that are central to daily life.
Although experts said such a drastic step was unlikely, at least immediately, the administration’s review puts North Carolina on notice that the new law could have financial consequences. Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina had assured residents that the law would not jeopardize federal money for education.
AID? The states send money to the federal government and that government doles it out in the form of what they call aid which is nothing more than getting money back to fund schools and other projects with strings attached.
How about NOT sending them the money and keeping it in state? Sound foolish? Well the real point is the federal government forces states to comply with their wishes which sometimes is in direct opposition to that state’s wishes and rights.
Why should states be told they have to teach common core? Do schools really need a meal planned by Michelle obama while she dines on Patte? Do states need to conform to EPA demands while watching that agency ignore damage they caused?