Rhode Island, Montana try to poach PayPal after CEO ditches NC due to HB2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she won’t ban state employees from traveling to North Carolina in protest of a new law that critics say is discriminatory.

The Providence Journal reports Raimondo said Wednesday there are other ways to show support for members of the LGBT community.

Raimondo says she’ll reach out to PayPal and other businesses upset by the North Carolina law to ask them to expand in Rhode Island. PayPal has canceled a planned operations center in Charlotte.

Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law March 23 preventing local governments from protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations.

Governors in other states have banned state-funded travel to North Carolina in response.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester invited the company to consider bringing the 400 jobs to Montana that had been planned for the Tar Heel State.

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