Georgia Lawmakers Vote to Strip Delta of $40 Million Tax Break After Company Slammed NRA Members

Posted: Mar 01, 2018 4:33 PM

Delta airlines just lost a $40 million tax break in Georgia after making the decision to pull long-held discounts from NRA members. The decision from Delta came last week, prompting the Georgia legislature to take a close look at the tax breaks being given to the company. Today, they voted to take it away and the governor is likely to sign it.

Pro-gun Georgia lawmakers scored a political victory Thursday over Delta Air Lines, making good on Republican threats to deny the company a hefty tax break after it cut ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

The state House and Senate within hours of each other passed a sweeping tax bill that Republicans had amended to strip out a sales tax exemption on jet fuel. Atlanta-based Delta would have been the prime beneficiary of the tax break, which would have been worth an estimated $38 million.

Some background:

Delta claims the move was made in order to take a "neutral" stand on the gun control issue, but came after a number of companies caved to pressure from anti-gun groups to cut ties with the civil rights organization.