“If you look at a law, whether or not you agree with it or don’t agree with it, there are going to be positive effects and negative effects. Virtually everything we know about (HB2) are the negative effects. Even anecdotally I don’t know any positive effects.” There are plenty of states that have morally questionable (to say the least) laws on the books. But few such laws have garnered the national attention of North Carolina’s bathroom bill. The AP took a fairly conservative approach to adding up the bill’s cost to the state (from canceled concerts to halted corporate expansions) and came up with a pretty big number. $3.76 billion.