Mar 2, 2018

Florida school shooting: US airline to lose tax break over NRA row

Georgia lawmakers have passed a bill fulfilling a Republican threat to deny Delta Air Lines a tax break after the firm cut ties with the US gun lobby. Delta Air Lines ended its discount for members of the National Rifle Association after a Florida school shooting left 17 people dead. Georgia Republicans vowed to strip a bill of a jet fuel tax exemption that would benefit the carrier as a result. Delta is one of several firms to end relations with the NRA in recent days. The state's House of Representatives and Senate both passed a sweeping tax package within hours of each other on Thursday that was amended to exclude a $50m sales-tax exemption on jet fuel, aimed at helping the Atlanta-based airline. Delta irritated state lawmakers on Saturday after it dropped its discount for NRA members in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on 14 February.

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