Measure to give Delta corporate welfare targeted after airline punished innocent NRA members

As we reported earlier Saturday, Delta joined the list of companies that decided to punish millions of law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) when it caved into a campaign by the far-left Think Progress.  It seems, however, that the company is set to become exempt from paying some $40 million in taxes on jet fuel if some Georgia lawmakers have their way:

“House leaders have been receptive to re-creating a sales tax exemption on jet fuel, something that was done away with in 2015 when Delta officials got on the wrong side of lawmakers.

Eliminating the state tax and most local taxes would amount to a break of about $50 million for airlines and cargo companies, said House Ways and Means Chairman Jay Powell, R-Camilla.”

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A state House bill introduced by Rep. Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, which would give Delta what amounts to corporate welfare, reads:

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., relating to revenue and taxation, so as to define the terms “Internal Revenue Code” and “Internal Revenue Code of 1986” and thereby incorporate certain provisions of the federal law into Georgia law; to provide for no liability for state or local title ad valorem tax fees in a replacement title transaction for a vehicle not less than 15 years old; to exempt jet fuel from state sales and use tax and from the sales and use taxes levied pursuant to the County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the Sales Tax for Educational Purposes (ESPLOST), the Special District Transportation Sales and Use Tax (TSPLOST), and the Special District Mass Transportation Sales and Use Tax; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

The measure appears to have a 77 percent chance of passing, but the question needs to be asked: Does Delta deserve this break after caving to a highly partisan operation designed to hurt members of the NRA?

An effort to stop this measure by Debbie Dooley, a National Tea Party co-founder, says:

Legislators that truly support the NRA and 2nd Amendment should not continue to support giving Delta a 40 million dollar per year hand out, while Delta is giving the NRA and their members a thumbs down.

Please stand up for the 2nd Amendment, by stopping Delta’s corporate welfare. Call Gov. Deal and your legislator and let them know that Delta should not receive tax breaks on jet fuel.  We all pay gas tax and these rich corporate airlines should pay tax on their fuel.

Dooley says she will appear on Breitbart radio Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern time to discuss this issue.

A number of people have said they intend to boycott the airline for targeting NRA members, but Dooley says she believes this is a more effective response that could be emulated by other state legislative bodies.


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