Georgia Republicans nix Delta tax break after airline snubs NRA
05 Марта 2018, 12:34 | Gordon Grant
Delta Ended NRA Discounts. Now Georgia Is Stripping the Airline of a $40 Million Tax Break
Only 13 passengers used Delta's discount provided to NRA members before the airline pulled the rebate in an attempt to appear neutral on gun policy after a February 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, USA Today reports.
After the Delta decision was announced, disagreeing Georgia lawmakers, including the state's lieutenant governor, zeroed in on the fuel tax exemption element of the state's imminent tax legislation.
Bastian's memo coincided this morning with the signing of a sweeping tax bill in Delta's home state of Georgia - where the airline serves as one of the state's largest employers.
As the fallout with the Georgia's pro-gun lawmakers simmers, several states have tried to entice Delta to relocate its headquarters from Atlanta.
House Bill 918, which includes the first income tax cut in state history, passed Georgia's Senate by a vote of 44-10 and its House by a vote of 135-24.
The calls for Delta to move appear to be more of a political statement than genuine economic development, said Ady Milman, professor at UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality. The proposal, estimated to be worth at least $38 million to Delta and other airlines, had until then been largely uncontroversial.
The governors of CT and NY, also Democrats, have also pitched their states to the airline, according to The Associated Press, which says the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, and a congressional representative from OH "also have reached out to Delta in recent days".
Cagle wrote: "We can not continue to allow large companies to treat conservatives differently than other customers".
In a Wednesday news conference, Deal said he would sign the bill despite the fact the Senate rules committee removed the exemption from the bill's provisions, earlier in the day.
Governors from Connecticut, New York and Virginia have pitched their states to the airline. "We were not elected to give the late-night talk show hosts fodder for their monologues or to act with the type of immaturity that has caused so many in our society to have a cynical view of politics".
Delta maintains that they are attempting to stay unbiased in the gun control debate.
"We can not continue to allow large companies to treat conservatives differently than other customers, employees and partners", Cagle wrote in an opinion piece published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The executives at Delta, in what I believe was a knee-jerk reaction to the recent Florida school shooting, decided that they would no longer offer these discounts.
"Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale", Bastian wrote in the memo.
"We had to send a message", said state Sen.
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