Georgia lawmakers passed a huge income tax overhaul, but without the controversial fuel tax break for Delta.

In Florida, Delta-NRA spat gets mixed reception

Delta Air Lines’ spat with the NRA has prompted some mixed messages coming from Florida. 

While some Florida mayors were welcoming Delta last week, some lawmakers in Tallahassee were looking at halting a proposed aviation fuel tax reduction that would benefit Atlanta-based Delta.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer issued a statement welcoming Delta to Orlando, and Philip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach who is running for governor as a Democrat, sent a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian last week encouraging him to relocate the company to Florida with the closing line: “While Georgia may seek to chase your business away by playing political games, here in Florida we will welcome you with open arms.”

But then came this:

AP reporter Gary Fineout tweeted a comment from Florida state Rep. Paul Renner, a Republican, saying the decision to pull out the aviation fuel tax break had nothing to do with the Delta-NRA flap.


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