Gov. Kemp touts conservative agenda in State of the State Address

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Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp used the annual State of the State address to lay out a form of his re-election platform. He championed raises for teachers, promised safer urban and rural cities, pledged to ban Critical Race Theory from Georgia’s public schools, and promised tax rebates during his speech. First, Governor Kemp has laid out a budget of $31.5 million, which includes a return to fully funded K-12 public schools that suffered cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. $425 million to fully fund our schools and completely restore all austerity cuts to education funding in our state that were made during the pandemic.& Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is joined by Lieutenant Governor Georff Duncan, left, and Speaker of the House David Ralston, right, as he delivers the annual State of the State address from the State Capitol on Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice) “This key priority will collectively provide an additional $1.4 billion in direct funding for our K-12 schools and invest more per K-12 student than ever before,” Kemp said.& Additionally, the extra spending is derived& from the $3.7 billion surplus the state ran in the 2021 budget year.& Next, Governor Kemp took...