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Gov. Brian Kemp Delivers State of the State Address

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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.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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