Delta says NRA discount applied to only 13 tickets

Nathan Deal on Friday signed into law a tax bill that fellow Republicans used to punish Atlanta-based Delta in retaliation for the airline's decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.

Bastian's memo coincided this morning with the signing of a sweeping tax bill in Delta's home state of Georgia - where the airline serves as one of the state's largest employers. United Airlines, alerted the NRA on February 24 that the airline would no longer offer a discounted rate to the NRA annual meeting and, like Delta, asked to have United's information removed from the NRA website.

The airline ended a discount for the NRA after the school shooting in Florida.

Delta was offering discounted travel to NRA members heading to their annual convention in Dallas in May. "Delta continues to support the 2 Amendment".

"I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with the @NRA", Cagle, who heads the Georgia State Senate, tweeted on Monday.

But Delta's decision last weekend to stop the discounted fares for the NRA triggered a showdown with pro-gun Republican lawmakers in Georgia.

Delta said it would review all of its partnerships and end all politically charged affiliations. Michael Williams commended his fellow lawmakers as they "stood strong" against pressure to allow the jet fuel tax break to pass. "That is not the case", the airline said, adding that the decision was made to "remain neutral" and remove itself from the "debate" on gun control.

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"If Delta is looking for a state that knows how to treat a business right, then Kansas is the flawless place particularly Wichita", explained Whipple.

In response, he suggested cutting from the state's budget a proposed jet fuel tax break that wound have saved Delta tens of millions of dollars.

Georgia lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that removed a tax break on jet fuel from an overall tax bill that would have saved Delta nearly $40 million.

"I'm exhausted of conservatives being kicked around on our values and it's time that we stand up and fight and show corporations that conservative values are important", Cagle said Monday afternoon.

After Cagle's comments, several states and cities - including New York, Virginia and Cleveland - publicly offered to welcome a relocation of Delta's headquarters.

Critics have warned that by penalizing the company for not embracing the NRA, Cagle - and the Georgia legislature - could spark an exodus by corporations similar to what happened when the North Carolina state government passed a bill limiting which bathrooms transgender people could use. Bastian applauded the governor in his memo to Delta staff, calling him a "great friend" to the company.

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