Georgia House Passes Bill to Strip Delta's Tax Break after CEO Attacks Election Law
'You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand,' House Speaker David Ralston warns
Georgia's House of Representatives has passed a bill to strip Delta Air Lines of its multimillion-dollar tax break on fuel after the company's CEO attacked the state's newly-passed election integrity law.
The move came in response to a Wednesday memo sent to Delta's employees by CEO Ed Bastian that slammed the new voting laws in Georgia as "unacceptable."
In response, the state’s Republican-led House swiftly voted to strip the company of a tax break on jet fuel.
In his memo, Bastian excoriated Georgia's voting rights bill, which makes elections more secure by adding ID requirements for mail-in votes, restricting the use of ballot drop boxes, expanding weekend voting access, and banning the practice of “line warming.”
The CEO claimed the election laws are an “excuse” to “restrict voting rights.”
Bastian also alleged in his memo that the “entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections.”
The House passed jet fuel tax break removal at the tail-end of the legislative session, which did not make it to the Senate before its adjournment, according to Breitbart.
Even so, House Republicans made their intent clear: “They like our public policy when we’re doing things that benefit them,” House Speaker David Ralston said.
“You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand," he warned.
"You got to keep that in mind sometimes.”
With approximately 33,000 employees, Delta Air Lines is the state’s largest employer.
The company claims it is “directly responsible for $43.5 billion in economic impact a year.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) protested the company’s sudden turn, claiming at “no point” did Delta raise objections about certain elements of the bill before.
“Today’s statement by Delta CEO Ed Bastian stands in stark contrast to our conversations with the company, ignores the content of the new law, and unfortunately continues to spread the same false attacks being repeated by partisan activists,” Kemp said.
“I would encourage these CEOs to look at other states they’re doing business in and compare the facts to what’s happening in Georgia,” he added.
“If they want to have a debate about the merits, the facts, of the bill then we should do that.”