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Georgia’s governor calls special session for hurricane costs

October 23, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has called a special session of the state legislature to grapple with the recovery costs from Hurricane Michael.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the governor’s office expects the state’s portion of cleanup costs to be approximately $100 million.

Although federal disaster funding may cover the costs, those funds can take years to access, Deal’s office said.

The session is set for Nov. 13 and will also give lawmakers an opportunity to either leave in place or remove a suspension of state sales tax on jet fuel, the newspaper reports.

The tax break saves Delta Air Lines, one of the state’s largest employers, millions per year.

The deadly storm ripped through the Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia in early October, leaving dozens dead and widespread destruction of property.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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