GA Lt. Gov. on Denying Delta a Tax Cut: 'Conservatives Are Tired of Being Kicked Around'
Georgia Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle (R) said Saturday that "conservatives are tired of being kicked around" when asked to defend his push to halt consideration of a sizeable tax cut for Delta Airlines.
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, Atlanta-based Delta's CEO Edward Bastian decided to cut the company's ties with the National Rifle Association by ending a discount program for NRA members.
Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
Cagle maintained that Georgia has a "long record" of being a good home for Delta, noting that his work in the state legislature at the time helped the airline through its bankruptcy.
He noted that Bastian later added that he is "pro-Second Amendment," which Cagle called a "step in the right direction."
Neil Cavuto challenged Cagle on whether his decision was an example of government interfering in the free market.
"Conservatives are tired of being kicked around," Cagle said, adding that the Peach State is "the number one state to do business in."
Cagle said his initiative was not ending a current tax cut for Delta, but instead taking a second look at whether one should be implemented through legislative action.
Cavuto warned of a "slippery slope" for Georgia, noting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) have offered to help Delta relocate to the Empire State.
.@Delta, as one of your most frequent flyers, know that the NY LG admires your principled stance. Let’s continue our great relationship. NY is open for business & 's Delta – move HQ to where you’re appreciated? https://t.co/AZ8xeC0geo
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) February 26, 2018
Last week, Hochul tweeted that she is a Delta Frequent Flyer and that her constituents appreciate the airline's stance against the NRA.
Cuomo also ripped the NRA for having a "dangerous agenda" and seconded Hochul's tweeted offer.
Cagle said Delta executives told him they are not considering a move out of Georgia.
He said that if Delta decided to end all discount programs with all organizations, he would not have a problem. But, he said Delta wrongfully singled-out the NRA.
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