Florida House kills airline tax break, says it's unrelated to the NRA


The Florida House of Representatives has killed a proposal that would have reduced the state's jet fuel tax for commercial airlines, but said that punishing Delta was not the intention.

The move, undertaken Friday as part of an amendment to a House tax bill, came one day after the Georgia legislature nixed a proposed $50 million jet fuel tax exemption in response to Delta's recent decision to end its discount program with the National Rifle Association.

The Florida House had proposed a reduction in the state jet fuel tax from 4.27 cents per gallon to 2.85 cents per gallon. Savings to commercial airlines that fly to the state would have amounted to $20 million, according to Politico.

Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), who sponsored the Florida House's tax bill and the subsequent amendment, said that punishing Delta was not the purpose of the amendment, Politico reported.

Nevertheless, State Rep. Sean Shaw (D-Tampa), took aim at his Republican colleagues in a tweet Friday.

"Even in the midst of tragedy, they found time today to punish Delta for standing up to the @NRA," Shaw wrote. "Their hypocrisy and contempt for the citizens and employers of our state knows no bounds."

Delta CEO Ed Bastian says the airline ended its NRA discount program because it wants to be neutral in the gun debate.

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