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Delta courted by states amid Georgia tax break threat

The Georgia Legislature looks to block a $40 million-dollar tax break amid Delta’s announcement about the airline’s decision to no longer honor discounts for National Rifle Association (NRA) members.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted to Delta on Tuesday that “if Georgia politicians disagree with your stand against gun violence, we invite you to move your headquarters to New York.”

Picture credit- Screen grab of Gov. Cuomo’s tweet.

The Mayor of Birmingham, AL, Randal Woodfin,  tweeted out to Delta ” let’s chat” along with Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeting out to the airline that “you’re welcome here anytime.”

Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, also running to be Governor in 2018, said that he would block any legislation that would favor tax breaks for Delta. In a press conference, Cagle said he was “tired of conservatives being kicked around for our values,” and it was time to fight and stand up to corporations that conservative values are important, not just in Georgia.

Stacey Evans, a former state legislator, and Democratic Candidate for Governor, called for Georgia’s Attorney General, Chris Carr, to see if Cagle’s actions of tweeting out that he would “kill” tax legislation benefiting Delta unless the airline reverses its stance violates the state’s anti-corruption laws.

According to Associated Press reports, Evans, also an attorney, says Cagle may have broken bribery, extortion and ethics laws. She contends that Cagle stands to benefit economically from the threat as a member of the NRA. She also says Cagle’s campaign for governor could also benefit.

Cagle’s office has not commented on the issue of corruption violations. The Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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