Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle issued an ultimatum to nix any tax legislation that benefits unless Delta fully reinstates its relationship with National Rifle Association. The Lt. Governor said in a tweet, "Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back." Williams, the candidate for Governor mentioned above, responded on Twitter thanking the Lt. Governor, with the caveat,"Delta should not receive a government handout regardless of any other issues."
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In Georgia, business tends not to mix with gun politics, but that might just change with Delta Airlines cutting ties the National Rifle Association (NRA). There are only a few things that Georgians take more seriously than business, and the Second Amendment is one of them.
Delta's home base is in Atlanta, and the company had petitioned the Georgia legislature for tax relief for their fuel costs. They are asking the State of Georgia for a $40 million tax break, and as such a large employer in Georgia, was well on their way to getting it passed. Then the airline caved to pressure from left-wing activists to disassociate from the NRA. Now their tax break is in jeopardy.
Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares, a candidate for lieutenant governor, hit out at the tax break saying, "If Delta is so flush that they don’t need NRA members hard-earned travel dollars, it can certainly do without the $40 million tax break they are asking Georgia taxpayers for.” This marks a shift in momentum against the business, as usual, as now Georgia Republicans will anger the grassroots during election season if they reward Delta's bad behavior.
“Delta isn’t even worried about insulting a huge portion of voters who belong to the NRA,” said Georgia Sen. Williams, another candidate for governor who tried to strip the jet fuel provision from the broader tax-cut bill. Delta picked a side, and now Georgians are making them pay.
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