New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is inviting Delta Air Lines to relocate its headquarters to New York.
“@Delta, if Georgia politicians disagree with your stand against gun violence, we invite you to move your headquarters to New York,” Cuomo tweeted on Tuesday.
Delta recently joined a growing number of companies that have sought to distance themselves from the National Rifle Association (NRA) since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Delta — which is headquartered in Atlanta — is reportedly seeking state approval to restore a sizable fuel tax break that expired several years ago.
Republican officials in the state are threatening to block part of a bill that would get rid of the state tax on jet fuel if the airline doesn’t restore its relationship with the NRA. Among them is Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), who earlier this week said he would block any tax legislation that benefits Delta after it ended its discount program for NRA members.
“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Cagle, who is running for governor this year, tweeted.
“Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
Chuck Hufstetler, chairman of the state’s Senate Finance Committee, also issued a similar warning if Delta does not change its stance, CNN reported.
Cuomo is not the only Democrat to make an offer to Delta amid the backlash. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on Tuesday invited Delta to relocate its headquarters to Ohio.
The Florida shooting has reignited the country’s ongoing debate over gun control, with students demanding that lawmakers take action and enact new gun laws.