Gov. Brian Kemp Delivers State of the State Address
Governor Brian Kemp delivering the state of the state address today. The governor struck a conciliatory tone during his speech.
“As we begin a new year, a new legislative session, there are some who want to look to the past, assign blame, settle old scores, and relive and relitigate 2020. Today, I think we should take the advice of those wise farmers. Let’s clear the fields and start planting.”
Kemp focused on the state’s battle against COVID-19 and efforts to provide relief.
“Through the end of 2020, Georgia allocated $250 million in CARES Act funds to augment staff at nursing homes and hospitals across the state with an additional 70 million planned thru early March,” according to Kemp.
The governor also emphasized the strength of Georgia’s economy in spite of challenges caused by the pandemic and that Georgia will not face budget cuts this year.
“Other states are looking at further cuts to employees and essential services. For aid, they are now forced to turn to a dysfunctional and distracted Washington, D.C. But because we acted swiftly and early, the budgets my administration will propose in the coming days include no new cuts to state agencies and departments, no furloughs, and no widespread layoffs of state employees.”
Kemp also said there would be no new taxes.