Other municipalities have invited Delta to relocate its headquarters.
Delta Airlines and United Airlines are two of those companies, both which just ended their NRA discount policies, and now Georgia Republicans are retaliating by pledging to kill the airline tax-cut bill. And the Democratic mayor of Minneapolis tweeted “Hey Delta… I just love their services, I love their planes”. Governor Nathan Deal, who backs the jet fuel tax cut, skipped an event outside his office so he wouldn’t have to answer questions about the Delta controversy.
Meantime, other states are offering to host the Atlanta based airline.
“Like all Americans, I’m horrified by the mass shootings we’ve witnessed”, he said.
Delta announced over the weekend that it would no longer provide discounted rates for travel to the NRA’s annual meeting.
Several lawmakers said Tuesday that behind-the-scenes negotiations were underway that might salvage the tax break. He says he plans to sign the bill into law as soon as it makes its way to his desk. “Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation”.
The bill was until recently on track to earn approval from lawmakers.
That proposal is part of Deal’s larger tax overhaul, which has passed the House and awaits Senate input.
The pushback comes after more than a dozen companies, including Delta, said they would no longer offer NRA membership discounts amid a boycott campaign launched after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. The shooting has brought to life the debate over gun control, one that occurs every few months in this country.
State Sen. Steven Hanson said the GOP used to be in favor of tax cuts for business until the NRA came into play.
A spokesman for Cagle didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Georgian Republicans are not taking that decision lightly.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he wasn’t supporting the legislation “unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with the NRA”, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“Corporations can not attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back”, Cagle said.
The amended bill would then return to the House for another vote and, if accepted, head to the governor’s desk.
Lupica replied by saying that Georgia officials, by threatening to end the tax break, are likely violating Delta’s free speech rights. “By caving to extremists and discontinuing their partnerships with the NRA, Delta and the rest of these corporations have essentially aligned their brands with the left’s misinformation campaign to demonize guns and gun owners”.