The Louisville Fairness Campaign has released a study that says it would not cost Richmond, Kentucky taxpayers any additional money to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination.
Richmond has a human rights commission, but the city does not ban discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The Fairness Campaign has sought to extend those protections, but opponents say it would cost too much money to enforce. The study from the state human rights commission has found that enforcement would be budget neutral. (Read the study here.)
“Just by making a few budget tweaks here and there within the existing human rights commission, they’ll be able to reserve the funds each year that they’re not using to save for an administrative hearing when it’s necessary,” says Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman.