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Lawmakers did the right thing for the wrong reasons
Tom Crawford
The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets down for all the wrong reasons. When last we looked, the state House of Representatives had just passed tax break legislation that included a special favor for Delta – a sales tax exemption on jet fuel that would mean about $40 million a year for Delta. In most years, it would have been a slam dunk for the Senate to approve the bill and send it along to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. After all, Delta had hired David Werner, a longtime aide to Deal, as its government affairs head. Werner’s assignment was to lobby his old boss to secure that tax break, and it looked like the skids were greased for passage.