It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
As an incentive to rural lawmakers, the bill also contains a small excise tax on fuel that would raise roughly$3.5 million to$4 million a year. The money would be used as a local match to obtain federal funding, which in turn would be spent on small-town airports.
LaRiccia said airlines would essentially be paying excise taxes to help small airports that their planes are too big to use.
State Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, urged lawmakers to consider raising the excise tax in the bill so the state can do more to maintain and improve rural airports in the state.
Last session it looked like airlines would receive a permanent tax break. But then Delta broke marketing ties with the NRA and lawmakers, led by Lt.Gov.Casey Cagle, stopped its progress.
Then-Gov. Nathan Deal responded after the 2018 session with two moves: The state stopped collecting the local portion of the jet-fuel tax on July 1, and then later in the month, the governor signed an executive order suspending collections of the state portion of the tax. The Legislature backed that executive order.
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