With the Georgia state Senate and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle scrapping plans for a $50 million jet fuel sales tax exemption for Delta over the airline’s decision to end special a discount for NRA members, politicians elsewhere have been quick to suggest the airline move its operations to their states.
Delta is headquartered in Atlanta and has its main air hub there. It employs more than 30,000 people in Georgia. But after it ended a discount program for NRA members last week, Cagle vowed to scuttle the planned tax break.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018
The Senate quickly followed the lieutenant governor’s call with a vote on Monday that cancelled the planned tax exemption, making the cost of the decision for Delta about $50 million.
And almost just as quickly, other politicians offered Delta a new home.
“Virginia is for lovers and airline hubs,” tweeted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. “You’re welcome here any time.”
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 27, 2018
Birmingham, Ala. Mayor Randall Woodfin noted on Twitter that in math, the delta symbol represents a change between two things. Then he used the delta to say, “for example, (change) headquarters.”
— Reckon (@reckonalabama) February 27, 2018
Hey @Delta — Northeast Ohio would make a great HQ if you’re put off by Mr. Cagle’s authoritarian tendencies. Quality of life, infrastructure, and wonderful communities. I’d love to show you around! https://t.co/7Fsh9g0yAD
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) February 27, 2018