Deal calls law­mak­ers to re­turn to Capi­tol

Gov­er­nor wants to ‘pro­vide re­lief fund­ing’ for South Ge­or­gia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Maya T. Prabhu maya.prabhu@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal on Fri­day for­mally called on law­mak­ers to re­turn to At­lanta next week for a spe­cial leg­isla­tive ses­sion to aid hur­ri­cane-beaten South Ge­or­gia.

Deal asked law­mak­ers tore­turn to the Capi­tol on Tues­day. State of­fices are closed Mon­day to ob­serve Vet­er­ans Day.

“Many of Ge­or­gia’s com­mu­ni­ties were se­verely im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Michael as fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and farm­ers sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial losses,” Deal said in a news re­lease. “In re­sponse, I have asked the Gen­eral As­sem­bly to re­con­vene and take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to pro­vide re­lief fund­ing and spur eco­nomic re­cov­ery for the af­fected ar­eas.”

The gov­er­nor plans toask law­mak­ers to ap­prove a $270 mil­lion pack­age to help clean up and aid South Ge­or­gia ar­eas hit last month by Hur­ri­cane Michael.

The funds are ex­pected to be used for storm cleanup and lo­cal gov­ern­ment costs, though Deal has not yet spec­i­fied ex­act­ly­how he would like the money to be spent.

Law­mak­ers also are be­ing asked to ap­prove an ex­ec­u­tive or­der Deal signed this sum­mer that sus­pends col­lec­tion of the state sales tax on jet fuel.

The tax break, com­bined with an ear­lier de­ci­sion not to­col­lect lo­cal jet-fuel taxes, could save Delta about $40 mil­lion a year.

Gov. Nathan Deal plans to ask law­mak­ers to ap­prove a $270 mil­lion pack­age.

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