Today, the state of North Carolina learned that passing laws in support of bigotry costs jobs, as PayPal announced that it will not move its operation center to the state, Wired reports:
PAYPAL CEO DAN Schulman is the latest business leader to speak out against a newly passed law in North Carolina that would prevent local governments from banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But Schulman isn’t just talking. He’s hitting state lawmakers where it hurts. Today Schulman said that as a result of the new law, PayPal is cancelling plans to open its global operations center in Charlotte, a move that would have brought 400 jobs to the state.
Paypal’s decision comes on the heels of a letter signed by over 90 CEOs, from companies like Levis and Airbnb, calling for the repeal of North Carolina’s HB2, which they say will “diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.”
Without any actual plan other than encouraging workers to telecommute from Jordan, likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte keeps telling Montana voters and the press that he will bring high-tech jobs to the state. What he’s now awfully quiet about, though, is his past financial support for and written endorsement of the kids of laws that North Carolina and other states have passed, end-run efforts to keep discrimination against the LGBTQ community alive just a bit longer. The consequences are clear—and that’s why Mr. Gianforte wants Montanans to believe he won’t impose his reactionary social views on the state if elected.
The issue of jobs is certainly important, and Montanans would do well to consider the economic implications of electing a governor who supports discrimination at the local and state level. Even more important, though, is the simple fact that Mr. Gianforte doesn’t believe in protecting the rights of all Montanans, and that he would even jeopardize the tech jobs he thinks are so critical for the sake of an agenda of discrimination and diminished local control.
Greg Gianforte would be bad for Montana business. He’d be even worse for our reputation.