ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines has been subjected to swift political retribution in its home state of Georgia for crossing the National Rifle Association.
Republicans in the Georgia legislature voted by wide margins Thursday to kill a jet fuel tax break that would have directly benefited Atlanta-based Delta. It happened five days after the airline said it would end discounted fares to NRA members in the wake of the Feb. 14 school massacre in Florida.READ MORE: For 2nd Straight Year, San Diego Comic-Con Will Be Virtual
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, told reporters he hoped Delta was “better at flying airplanes than making P.R. announcements.”READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
The airline’s decision outraged pro-gun lawmakers. GOP Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle vowed to fight back. Republicans made good on that promise with their votes Thursday.
Critics have warned the decision to punish Delta could damage Georgia’s business-friendly reputation.MORE NEWS: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
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