Delta tax cut stripped from bill after NRA feud


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

The state's Republicans - including a major candidate for governor- are threatening to kill part of a bill that would eliminate a state tax on jet fuel.

Lupica joined MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber" to talk about his column advising Delta to move its headquarters from Atlanta to New York City after Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R.) threatened to kill the corporation's tax break over a dispute with the NRA.

Cagle's statement drew some rebukes from other lawmakers, including Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for governor, who urged lawmakers to "take action to roll back unsafe laws that put guns in the wrong hands".

And Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he opposes the tax break because "it puts the special interests - not hardworking Georgians - first".

Cagle, the president of the state Senate, also noted in a press release that he has had an "A+ rating" from the NRA every year he has served in elected office. "Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment", the airline added.

The amended bill would then return to the House for another vote and, if accepted, head to the governor's desk.

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The state legislature had been debating a $50 million tax exemption on jet fuel in order to encourage Delta to increase its already massive presence in Atlanta. Riley did not respond to a request for comment.

"Delta's knee jerk response to demonize tens of thousands of Montanans who are NRA members is wrong, and worse, it makes thoughtful and meaningful dialogue that much more hard".

"Republican fear of the NRA is evidently more important than the Georgia business climate, jobs, or the well-being of Georgia citizens", Henson said, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. As a result, a number of major corporations have severed ties with the NRA-including vehicle rental companies National, Enterprise, Hertz, and Alama, and airlines like United and Delta. By the end of the week, Symantec, MetLife, Best Western, and Wyndham Hotels announced they were ending their NRA member discounts. "United Airlines released a almost identical statement two hours later".

Williams, who is running against Cagle for governor, says that pressure helped get GOP lawmakers, including Cagle, to refuse to back the tax exemption unless Delta reinstates its partnership with the NRA.

Andrea Young, the executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, chastised Cagle and other Republican lawmakers for using the government to punish a company for its business decisions.

She believes other people should be held accountable.

Amidst growing calls for stricter gun regulations, the NRA has called for arming teachers to prevent more school massacres.