Good news for Georgia taxpayers. They will not have to subsidize Delta Airlines for the sales tax on fuel they pay. Delta will continue to pay their fuel tax. Like everyone else.
Delta requested, and was about to get, an exemption on the fuel tax to the tune of $40,000,000. But that changed quickly when Delta caved to political pressure from activists, and publicly announced they were cancelling their business relationship with the NRA.
“While Delta’s intent was to remain neutral, some elected officials in Georgia tied our decision to a pending jet fuel tax exemption, threatening to eliminate it unless we reversed course,” Bastian said. “Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale.”
It’s too late for that. That’s what Delta’s Chief Executive Ed Bastian should have told the nut jobs that bombarded his company.
Bastian is right about one thing. He didn’t do it for the money. For being political, caving to the anti-NRA crowd, Delta said they had a total of 13 NRA travelers’ discounts from a program created for the 2018 Convention in Dallas in May. His uninformed decision saved Georgia taxpayers $40,000,000.
Georgia lawmakers had a lot to say about the tax exemption for Delta. This is one.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said lawmakers should reject the perk to airlines and instead focus on creating a sales tax holiday for buyers of guns, ammunition, holsters and safes where guns can be stored.