A new study from a progressive policy group has found that convention boycotts sparked by Arizona's controversial immigration law have cost the state up to $141 million in lost revenue.
The report, issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress, found that convention bookings for July and August were 35 percent lower than in 2009, resulting in a direct loss of $45 million. Additional spending on food, entertainment, transportation and other goods brings the total figure to $141 million.
The source also suggests that these losses of revenue will have a serious economic impact on the state in the long term as well. Estimates suggest that over the next few years, conventions canceled as part of the boycott might have otherwise supported 2,800 jobs and brought in up to $250 million in economic output.
These figures ultimately only reflect convention cancellations and leave out other immigration law-related boycotts from municipalities (including big cities like Los Angeles, Austin and St. Paul), the entertainment industry, individual tourists or workers who have left the state. The report warns that even with the strictly limited scope, the impact of the law has been severe, suggesting that it may have critically damaged the Arizona economy even beyond what has been reported.