Delta Ended NRA Discounts. Now Georgia Is Stripping the Airline of a $40 Million Tax Break
Georgia is making good on its threat against Delta Air Lines to strip a proposed tax break that would have benefited the major carrier after it said earlier this week that it would no longer offer group discounts to National Rifle Association (NRA) members.
Delta cut ties with the NRA following the recent shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. But that decision angered Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who responded by warning Delta: Either reestablish ties with the NRA, or say goodbye to your tax break.
Well, the state Senate voted 44-10 to approve a tax bill on Thursday that cut income taxes—but also included no tax break for airlines (Delta, based in Atlanta, would have been the prime beneficiary of to the tune of $40 million). Georgia’s House approved a version of the bill last week in a 135-24 vote.
The bill is expected to be signed into law early next week.
On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Cagle cheered the vote, saying on Twitter, “We just passed the largest tax cut in Georgia history!”
Still, even as Delta’s relationship with Georgia grows cold, officials from Democrat-leaning states have offered their states as a new home base for Delta. In the days following Cagle’s threat, leaders from Virginia, New York, and Washington state reached out to woo the carrier.
Fortune has contacted Delta for a response.