The NY Times reported that companies in Georgia faced outrage from activists, customers, and a coalition of powerful Black executives after large companies did not immediately oppose the legislation before it was passed. Businesses may be used to pressure other states seeking to clean up their voting policies. Georgia's House voted to strip Delta Airlines of a $35 million tax break as a rebuke of CEO Ed Bastian, who criticized the recent changes to the state's voting laws. However, it was only symbolic as the state senate did not vote. Other companies to speak out against the voting law included Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Apple.
The Georgia House of Representatives voted Wednesday to strip Delta Airlines of a multimillion-dollar tax break in a symbolic rebuke of CEO Ed Bastian, who joined other business leaders in criticizing recent changes to the state's voting laws.
The Republican-controlled House voted along party lines to end a tax break for jet fuel worth more than $35 million annually, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Georgia's Republican House Speaker, David Ralston, acknowledged the vote was meant as a reprimand following Bastian's remarks.
"They like our public policy when we're doing things that benefit them," Ralston said, adding, "You don't feed a dog that bites your hand. You got to keep that in mind sometimes."