Georgia lawmakers passed a tax overhaul bill Thursday after cutting a tax exemption that would benefit Delta Airlines.
House Bill 918, which includes the first income tax cut in state history, passed Georgia’s Senate by a vote of 44-10 and its House by a vote of 135-24.
Georgia’s Senate Rules Committee voted to strike a part of the bill that would have eliminated the state’s tax on jet fuels, resulting in a $50 million tax break for Delta Airlines after the company decided to cut a discount program for National Rifle Association members.
After Delta’s decision, Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he would “kill” any legislation benefitting Delta.