Georgia Republicans are threatening to withhold a hefty tax break for the airline because it ended a travel discount for the NRA. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle said corporations “cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
Democrats in other states responded Tuesday by publicly wooing Delta. “Virginia is for lovers and airline hubs,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said on Twitter. “You’re welcome here any time.” “NY is open for business,” added Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor of New York. “Move HQ to where you’re appreciated?”
Delta has called Atlanta home since 1941 and is an important part of the state economy. Last week, Republican Governor Nathan Deal said the tax break would “keep Georgia competitive as a major international hub of commerce.” At the time, Deal said he was “confident” in speedy passage of the bill.
ABC News reports:
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin tweeted at Delta saying “Let’s Chat” after Georgia’s Lt. Governor threatened to stop any tax legislation that benefits the company since Delta ended its discount program with the National Rifle Association.
— Randall Woodfin (@WoodfinForBham) February 27, 2018
.@Delta, as one of your most frequent flyers, know that the NY LG admires your principled stance. Let’s continue our great relationship. NY is open for business & ❤’s Delta – move HQ to where you’re appreciated? https://t.co/AZ8xeC0geo
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) February 26, 2018
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 27, 2018