Friday, 23 March, 2018

Cagle broke the law when he threatened Delta, Democratic candidate says

Delta-NRA Delta tax break at stake in spat with Ga. GOP over NRA
Nellie Chapman | 02 March, 2018, 10:20

Republican lawmakers amended the Georgia state legislature's sweeping tax bill, removing a portion that allocated a sales tax exemption on jet fuel for the Atlanta-based company, the Associated Press first reported.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, told the Journal-Constitution that Delta's announcement was a poor public relations move, but also criticized the political battle over the airline and the firearms organization.

The House and Senate of Georgia just passed a tax bill that strips Delta Airlines-the state's largest private employer-of a multi-million dollar tax break.

Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle vowed to kill the tax break after Delta announced it would longer offer discounted fares to NRA members.

The measure now goes to the desk of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who criticized the "unbecoming squabble" on Wednesday but said he would sign the tax bill into law in whatever form it passed.

Neither the NRA, Delta, nor Deal's office immediately responded to BuzzFeed News' request for comment Thursday.


"Corporations can not attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back", he tweeted.

The Delta provision barely came up in either legislative chamber during debate on the underlying tax bill, designed in part to reimburse Georgia taxpayers for $5.2 billion in extra state revenues expected in the next five years because of the recent federal tax changes approved by Congress. Michael Williams commended his fellow lawmakers as they "stood strong" against pressure to allow the jet fuel tax break to pass. Deal said he remained committed to eliminating Georgia's sales tax on jet fuel, "which is non-negotiable".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter yesterday to potentially capitalize on the Republican threats to single-out the company over gun rights.

Gov. Casey Cagle (R) was one of the main lawmakers pushing for the amendment after Delta announced it would no longer offer NRA members discounted fares following the February 14 shooting in Florida. "I think it does not enhance our chances to get Amazon".

Delta has helped make Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport the busiest airport in the world.