#Breaking The Senate Rules Committee just voted to strip the Delta jet fuel tax break out of the comprehensive tax overhaul. This is fallout from the Delta-NRA dust up. The amendment was presented by the governor's floor leader. pic.twitter.com/ASufypfL4t
…but in a bizarre twist over the stance of the airline with regard to the National Rifle Association — or NRA — the Republican lieutenant governor of the state of Georgia had threatened to “kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
Lawmakers from other parts of the United States are now actively courting Delta Air Lines to move its headquarters to their cities or states — including Andrew Cuomo, who is the governor of the state of New York…
.@Delta, if Georgia politicians disagree with your stand against gun violence, we invite you to move your headquarters to New York. https://t.co/BHvyPECWSe
Nathan Deal — who is the current governor of the state of Georgia during his final year in office — is expected to address this issue within the next hour or so.
Update as of 5:52 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, February 28, 2018:According to this article written by Greg Bluestein for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Nathan Deal said he would reluctantly support a measure that stripped a lucrative tax break for Delta Air Lines but also includes broader cuts to the state’s income tax rate.”
Casey Cagle is one of several candidates currently running in the gubernatorial race in the state of Georgia. The election for the new governor is scheduled for later this year, as Deal cannot be elected again due to term limits.
In this article which I wrote two days ago, I mentioned that “I highly doubt that Delta Air Lines would move its headquarters and hub from Atlanta to somewhere else should it still be required to continue paying the sales and use taxes levied on jet fuel if the legislation does not pass.” I still believe this to be the case; but a response from Delta Air Lines has not yet been forthcoming.
As more information is expected to be forthcoming pertaining to this controversial issue — which continues to spiral out of control — I intend to add it to this article.