Only 13 people used that Delta NRA discount

03 March, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Florida school shooting: US airline to lose tax break over NRA row

The state's House of Representatives and Senate both passed a sweeping tax package within hours of each other on Thursday that was amended to exclude a $50m (£36m) sales-tax exemption on jet fuel, aimed at helping the Atlanta-based airline.

Weighing in on the gun debate following the Florida high school massacre will apparently cost Delta Air Lines millions.

"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.

GOP Gov. Nathan Deal has blamed election-year posturing for the Delta controversy.

Georgia's Senate Rules Committee voted to strike a part of the bill that would have eliminated the state's tax on jet fuels, resulting in a $50 million tax break for Delta Airlines after the company chose to cut a discount program for National Rifle Association members.

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Deal, a term-limited Republican serving his final year, swiftly and quietly signed the tax bill, tweeting that he immediately wanted Georgia taxpayers to reap savings on their 2017 income tax returns.

Bastian admitted the decision created controversy at Delta. Delta, one of the state's largest employers, would have been the primary beneficiary of the exemption.

The airline giant faces criticism from Georgia Republican leaders, who are threatening to kill lucrative tax benefits for the airline if they don't continue their relationship with the NRA.

"Our people and our customers have a wide range of views on how to increase safety in our schools and public places, and we are not taking sides", Mr. Bastian wrote.

Deal also said he was committed to "finding a pathway forward" for the Delta tax break, but Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the state should instead reject the perk for airlines in favor of creating a sales tax holiday for buyers of guns, ammunition, holsters and safes where guns can be stored.

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Chicago-based United Airlines also alerted the NRA on February 24 that the airline would no longer offer a discounted rate to the NRA annual meeting and, like Delta, asked to have United's information removed from the NRA website.

Mr. Deal said he supported the inclusion of the jet-fuel tax break provision that was removed from the bill, but would still sign it because of its reductions of personal and corporate tax rates. Michael Williams, another candidate for governor.

Delta Air Lines has been subjected to swift political retribution in its home state of Georgia for crossing the National Rifle Association.

"I hope they are better at flying airplanes than timing P.R. announcements", said Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican.

The airline had been under attack from gun-rights activists since Saturday, when it abruptly discontinued flight discounts to the NRA's annual convention and asked the gun-rights group to remove the information about the perk from the convention material. GOP Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle vowed to fight back. In a statement, he said: "Businesses have every legal right to make their own decisions, but the Republican majority in our state legislature also has every right to govern guided by our principles".

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