Georgia jet fuel tax halted, months after Delta, NRA fight

In this July 26, 2018 file photo, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal attends a state Republican Party unity rally, in Peachtree Corners, Ga. Georgia's governor has made good on his vow to restore a jet fuel tax cut that had been controversially killed by state GOP lawmakers irate over Delta Air Lines' decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association. In a statement Monday, July 30, 2018, Deal ordered the collection of the state's 4 percent sales tax on jet fuel to be suspended. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor on Monday made good on his vow to restore a tax cut on jet fuel sales that was previously killed by state GOP lawmakers irate with Delta Air Lines for ending a discount for members of the National Rifle Association.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order ending collection of the state's 4 percent sales tax on jet fuel beginning Aug. 1.

Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle effectively killed a proposed sales tax exemption on jet fuel to punish Delta for ending a discount program for NRA members in the wake of the deadly school shootings in Parkland, Florida, in February.

The proposed exemption was included in a larger tax bill but was stripped by Cagle and the state Senate, capping what Deal referred to an "unbecoming squabble."

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