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Gov. Nathan Deal halts jet fuel tax months after Delta and NRA fight

ATLANTA (AP) - 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, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the collection of the state's 4 percent sales tax on jet fuel to be suspended.

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.

Deal says the tax, which brought in about $39 million per year in revenue, put Georgia at a disadvantage to other states.

The Georgia General Assembly could reinstate such a tax.

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