Portland leaders say city employees should not travel to North Carolina on the taxpayers’ dime. The declaration is in response to a law blocking communities there from protecting the LGBT community.
All five Portland City Council members have signed onto a resolution temporarily suspending city travel to North Carolina. They’ll vote Wednesday, joining a growing chorus of government and corporate voices condemning the state's new Public Facilities and Securities Act. The mayors of Seattle and San Francisco have approved similar bans. And Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered Washington State agencies to suspend nonessential government travel there.
It’s far from the first time Portland leaders have taken a stand on politics elsewhere. Last year, Mayor Charlie Hales stopped city-funded travel to Indiana after a similar law was passed in the Hoosier State. And after Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, the council passed a resolution welcoming immigrants and refugees of all religious backgrounds.