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