California Faces Pushback After Banning State-Funded Travel To States With Anti-Trans Legislation

The newest additions to the list are Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia

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On Monday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the addition of five new states to the list of locations where California state-funded travel has been banned in response to anti-trans legislation. The addition of these states—Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia—brings the total number of locations to 17. All of the states on the list have put into place legislation “authorizing, or repealing existing protections against, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”


Unsurprisingly, the newest additions to California’s “no fly outs” list were less than pleased with the news that the place with the fifth-largest economy in the world was cutting off travel to their state. The Republican Attorney General of West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey, issued a press release about the matter on Tuesday. 

“The economic coercion demonstrated by California is an affront to the dignity of other co-sovereign states and amounts to legislating across state borders in an effort to force the radical world view of large states onto those living elsewhere.”

“States should not penalize other states because of policy differences,” he added. “Federalism works best when individual states can pursue policies supported by their own constituents, and in West Virginia our office will defend the state’s efforts to protect the integrity of women’s sports.”

In April, West Virginia passed a ban on trans athletes competing in girl’s and women’s sports at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Apparently, the attorney general is upset that California won’t just let them be violently transphobic without any consequences!

The gamble of withholding funding, support, and other resources as a means of putting political pressure on a governmental body is hardly a new one—just in April of this year, the MLB chose to move their All-Star game out of Atlanta after the state of Georgia passed a law severely restricting voting rights for people in the state. Although it’s certainly possible that California’s approach will ultimately increase the pressure on the state governments responsible for passing this violently transphobic legislation, it’s also possible that in the meantime, cutting off state-funded travel to these states could also make life more difficult for the actual trans people living in them.



Sorry, Patrick Morrisey is absolutely wrong. Of course states should “vote with their wallet” in banning state funded travel to states that implement heinous policies.

That’s Capitalism 101, and it’s all about “letting the market decide” ... which the GOP LOVES ... until it gets wielded against them for being the retrograde racist haters that they are.

Isn’t the GOP the party of “state’s rights”? What could be more state’s rights than deciding how their tax dollars are spent? Oh wait, what’s that? That’s NOT actually what you meant when you were out there pushing those bullshot talking points? Gotcha.

I suggest “fuck off and die in a fire” as a suitable response.

Also, if Cali is the “hated left” and “socialism brought to life”, why do  the red states even care if Cali pols can’t travel there?  I guess it’s because money is FAR more important to them that political sturdiness.  It’s more important to them that they get to suck from the teat of the 5th largest economy than that they take a stand which says “Cali disagrees with us, therefore we don’t want their money”.  Fucking hypocritical seditionists.