- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is inviting PayPal to expand into the Green Mountain State after the company said it was canceling plans to expand into North Carolina because of a new law that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Shumlin said he had written to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman pointing out that Vermont has a “proud history of non-discrimination and protecting the rights of all citizens.”

Shumlin also cited Vermont’s burgeoning high-tech industry.

The San Jose, California-based PayPal said Tuesday it was canceling its planned expansion in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the state’s new law that limits bathroom options for transgender people, requiring them to use those conforming to the sex on their birth certificates.

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