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Delta Air Lines: $30 million

Delta Air Lines: $30 million

Delta Air Lines posted third-quarter profit of $549 million today, thanks to fare increases and strong corporate travel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. So why exactly did Delta need a $15 million-a-year exemption from sales taxes on jet fuel? You’ll have to ask the Georgia General Assembly

Northpoint Hospitality Group, $2 million

Northpoint Hospitality Group, $2 million

Owners of an undeveloped Midtown parking lot will get a $2 million break on future property taxes so Hilton can build a hotel there.

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