PayPal Cancels North Carolina Expansion Over HB2

PayPal has announced that it will not be creating hundreds of jobs in North Carolina following Governor Pat McCrory's signing of HB2, the anti-transgender bathroom bill that also prohibits cities from raising their minimum wage.

More specifically, PayPal has decided not to expand in the city of Charlotte. As you probably recall, Charlotte was singled out and targeted by Republicans in the state legislature and Governor McCrory.

The San Jose, California-based company said Tuesday it was canceling its planned expansion in Charlotte because of the law, which was signed March 23. Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand to celebrate days earlier when PayPal announced plans to hire about 400 people at a new operation center in Charlotte. [...]

"This decision reflects PayPal's deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect," the company said in a statement.

While there is a certainly some level of schadenfreude that I feel is fair, I also feel that is has to be tempered because the city of Charlotte is now paying the price for Republican bigotry.

The city is not at fault for passing a non-discrimination ordinance in the first place. The legislature and governor are at fault for responding by codifying discrimination.

There's a battle being waged across the country between liberal cities and the conservative state lawmakers who overrule them without any hesitation. Lawmakers in many states have passed or are moving to pass laws that prohibit cities from following their own priorities. Passing federal laws to overrule these conservative state lawmakers should be a priority for congressional Democrats in the coming years. A city like Charlotte would not have to pass a non-discrimination ordinance and the state could not overrule the city if it was federal law.

I fully expect to see transgender rights challenged by conservatives in front of the Supreme Court. It's just a question of when.

  • muselet

    If they haven’t already, Righty media will be calling for a boycott of PayPal any minute now.


  • ninjaf

    I am glad PayPal is bringing economic consequences to the state. It sucks doubly for Charlotte because their ordinance caused this whole debacle to begin with. But Gov. McCrory was the mayor of Charlotte before he was Governor and Charlotte played a role in getting him elected to that office.

    But this also makes me sad because it shows just one more way that constituents have lost a voice. It should be enough that people were protesting and asking their representatives not to pass it; they were ignored. The only thing that gets their attention is when a corporation gives an economic incentive (or disincentive) that they will act.

    • Christopher Foxx

      It sucks doubly for Charlotte because their ordinance caused this whole debacle to begin with.

      Let’s not blame the victim.

      • ninjaf

        My intent was not to blame Charlotte. But it was their local ordinance that set the State Legislature on this course. Cause and effect does not equal blame.

        • Christopher Foxx

          Oh, I didn’t think it was your intent. But it did (and still does) strike me as being uncomfortably close to: “It sucks doubly for Charlotte because her choice of outfit caused this whole rape debacle to begin with.”

  • Draxiar

    Small Government! At least until it’s something they don’t want done.
    Constitution! At least until it’s inconvenient.
    Bible! At least until they get to the love your neighbor and do unto others parts.