WRAL Exclusive: Company promises up to 1,500 Wake County jobs with HB2 repeal

Posted March 2

— Sources familiar with plans for a major economic development told WRAL News that a company plans to bring as many as 1,500 jobs to Wake County with salaries averaging more than $100,000.

The decision appears contingent on the repeal of House Bill 2, which could add pressure on lawmakers to compromise on a repeal. The company has not been identified publicly.

House Bill 2 requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.

Various sports leagues and businesses have moved events and jobs out of North Carolina because of the law.

Members of the Wake County legislative delegation confirmed to WRAL News that they have been briefed on the potential jobs announcement.

There have been several attempts to repeal House Bill 2, but lawmakers have been unable to reach a consensus.


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  • Heather Brittingham Mar 3, 6:59 p.m.
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    Link please?

  • Martin Brown Mar 3, 4:41 p.m.
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    Last month there was a transgender male transferred to a women's prison, two weeks later HE was transferred back because he was having sex with the other (female) inmates. Look it up and tell me this isn't going to be perverts on the loose if it is repealed. Not on my watch and not with granddaughters in the school system.

  • Tim Orr Mar 3, 4:27 p.m.
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    Funny how everyone is opposed to 'bullying' in schools but not in adulthood. But then, maybe I'm using the term 'adulthood' incorrectly.

  • Patrick Morningstar Mar 3, 3:43 p.m.
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    Haha, i have a source that says that a business is going to leave and take 2000 jobs if the law is repealed.

  • Chad Overton Mar 3, 3:40 p.m.
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    Sounds like blackmail to me. Do we really want a company that thinks they can push us around like this as a state? Whether the bill stands or not the same labor force is here, the same quality of life etc... If I had to guess and there is in fact a real company it is someone looking to escape the west coast.

  • Edwin Walls Mar 3, 2:28 p.m.
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    This may or may not be true, but it is undeniable that the law has already cost us millions. And how many have been prosecuted under it? How many cases of transgenders assualting others in a restroom previously? By my reckoning it is zero on both counts. Do we need more government regulation, especially when there was no problem in the first place?

  • Edwin Walls Mar 3, 2:24 p.m.
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    As I understand it fully transgendered people do not have the same parts they are born with. Men who become women have hormones to grow breasts and have their male organs removed and a female organ cosmetically fashioned. Those in transition may have the same parts but the final edition does not-hence the term "transgendered." As such the law requires some folks with a penis to use the ladies room and vice versa. Additionally I don't recall this being a problem before. Ever. Seems we're trying to fix something that ain't broke and in the process breaking lots of other stuff. Bad law. Unnecessary government intrusion. I say keep the government out of our bathrooms.

  • Teddy Fowler Mar 3, 2:07 p.m.
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    I have 5000 jobs paying way more than $100,000 if they don't repeal HB2..... see how easy it is to make something up?

  • Judy Loftin Mar 3, 1:51 p.m.
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    CBS came out with a poll yesterday that said most Americans do no want men in womens bathrooms. Transgenders still have the body parts they were born with and are still attracted to the opposite sex.

  • Mike Trekker Mar 3, 1:20 p.m.
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    Seriously, without a company name I am calling "horse hockey."