N.C. Approves Budget with American Airlines Fuel Tax Exemptions
American Airlines is one step closer to keeping the fuel tax exemptions that on Wednesday, put the airline on “high alert” by the city of Charlotte, North Carolina with the possibility that an amendment would be filed in the North Carolina General Assembly to end the tax exemption.
Some local reports suggest that the fear of the tax exemptions being taken away stemmed from Americans vocal opposition to HB2, recent legislation that became law in North Carolina that sparked national outrage over the issue of transgender bathroom usage.
According to the Charlotte Observer:
American is a major employer in Charlotte, which is its second-busiest hub behind Dallas/Fort Worth. The company operates about 650 flights a day from Charlotte Douglas International Airport – more than 90 percent of the airport’s total – and employs 11,000 people based at the city. Statewide, American employs 14,000.
The company took an early stand against HB2, which among other measures limits legal protections for LGBT individuals. The law was passed in response to a Charlotte ordinance that would have expanded anti-discrimination protections and allowed transgender individuals to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
In March, American put out a statement that said HB2 is discriminatory: “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the states in which they are enacted.