A Safer, Stronger Georgia

Inflation Relief

$1 Billion Tax Rebate

Mirroring the rebate passed earlier this year, this proposal – if passed by the General Assembly – will use nearly $1 billion in funds from the state budget surplus to return money to Georgians’ pockets – because that is your money, not the government’s.

Georgians can expect to receive payments of $250 for single filers, $375 for a single filer who is head of household, and $500 for a married couple filing jointly.

Georgia Homeowner Rebate 

As the cost to own a home skyrockets under Bidenflation, this proposal will allocate an additional $1 billion to fund homeowner tax relief at the local level in the amended fiscal year 2023 budget. Pending approval by the General Assembly, approximately $1 billion will be sent to local governments who will then exempt up to $20,000 of the eligible assessed value of each qualified homestead in the state for the 2023 tax year. This grant will save the average homeowner in Georgia between 15 and 25 percent – or $500 on average – on their local property tax bill next year.

K-12 Education

Throughout Governor Kemp’s first term, the Kemp administration – in partnership with the General Assembly – has put our students and educators first. From the largest teacher pay raise in state history and funding school security grants, to reducing high-stakes testing, fully-funding our schools, strengthening the teacher pipeline, and keeping divisive politics out of the classroom, Governor Kemp has delivered on his promises to stand with our educators, ensure our students have a bright and promising future, and give parents a voice in their child’s education.

Governor Kemp’s priorities for a second term build on these historic successes by focusing on addressing learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing our educator and school counselor workforce, and implementing stronger school safety measures.

Addressing Learning Loss

While Georgia led the nation in reopening under Governor Kemp’s leadership, a few local school systems chose to play pandemic politics with their students’ education. Ignoring the science and the negative impacts these decisions would have on our children, a handful of school boards and superintendents chose for their students to learn almost exclusively at home in front of a screen – instead of being in the classroom. As a result, in 2019, 73% of 3rd graders in Georgia were reading at or above grade level, and in 2022, that critical statistic had dropped to 63%. In fact, state data shows that over 44,000 students are currently reading below grade level as they enter 4th grade.

While the overwhelming majority of school systems across the state did the right thing by getting their students back in the classroom as soon as possible, a select few did not. Governor Kemp is committed to making sure every child in our state has the opportunity to reach their full potential and succeed in the classroom. Utilizing state funds in his 2023 budget recommendations, Governor Kemp will propose $25 million for a Learning Loss Opportunity Scholarship Grant (LLOSG).

  • The LLOSG will be a $25 million grant program in the Governor’s Amended Fiscal Year 2023 budget recommendation.
  • With approximately 44,000 3rd graders entering 4th grade reading below grade level, the LLOSG will provide a grant to eligible schools across the state.
  • Schools may apply for these grants to leverage additional tutoring services, non-traditional staff, or supplement existing learning loss services.
Educator and School Counselor Workforce

From the beginning of his service as Georgia’s 83rd chief executive, Governor Kemp has made strengthening the Peach State’s education workforce a top priority of his administration. From historic pay raises and record state funding for schools and staff, to reducing the cost of becoming a teacher by 67% and cutting high-stakes testing, Governor Kemp has delivered major reforms that made Georgia a better place to be an educator.

But our work is far from over. The need for more qualified, passionate teachers in our classrooms and counselors in our schools has never been greater. That’s why the governor is proposing two key initiatives for his second term that will build upon our state’s successes over the last few years in recruiting, retaining, and appreciating those who serve our students.

  • With approximately 9,000 paraprofessionals who have a four-year degree, Governor Kemp is proposing $15 million in state funds for a $3,000 reimbursable grant program to help these hardworking Georgians offset the certification costs of becoming a teacher.
  • The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposals will also recommend an additional $25 million for local school systems to recruit more school counselors across the state.
Enhancing School Safety

In his first year in office, Governor Kemp proposed and signed into law school security grants of $30,000 to every school in the state. Schools used these funds to harden their campuses, utilize technology, and train staff.

In his second term, Governor Kemp will propose the following legislation to further enhance school safety efforts statewide.

  • Offer “intruder alert drills” for teachers and staff once during the months of August and September.
    • Intruder alert drills are not currently required in code and there is no reporting requirement
    • Legislation would require intruder alert drill notification to GEMA
    • Parents may opt their child out of these drills
    • District will have local control on what specific drills look like
  • Schools Safety/Anti-Gang Voluntary Training Endorsement for New Teachers
    • New teachers will be allowed to take school safety training and gang prevention training, developed by GEMA and GaPSC, as a voluntary endorsement with no cost to the teacher.
  • School Safety/Anti-Gang Voluntary Training Endorsement for Current Teachers
    • Current teachers will be allowed to take school safety training and gang prevention training, developed by GEMA and GaPSC, as a voluntary endorsement with no cost to the teacher.
  • School Safety Plans must be submitted to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA)
    • Currently districts submit plans to the local emergency management agency and local law enforcement. This will allow GEMA to ensure that schools have appropriate school safety plans.
    • This is not an additional burden on the school system because they already have to submit plans
  • Continuing education for School Resource Officers (SROs)
    • Recommendation for continuing education for SROs every two years as approved by POST

Public Safety

During his 2018 campaign for governor, Brian Kemp prioritized cracking down on criminal street gangs, tackling violent crime, and making communities across our state safer. Early in his first term, Governor Kemp fulfilled a key promise on the campaign trail and created an Anti-Gang Unit within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which has assisted in hundreds of cases statewide and helped bring dozens of violent criminals to justice. The Governor also championed $5,000 raises for state law enforcement, signed legislation to toughen penalties on street racers, and worked with Attorney General Chris Carr to expand efforts to prosecute gangs and human traffickers. 

First Lady Marty Kemp has led bipartisan efforts to raise awareness regarding human trafficking, strengthen state laws to punish the perpetrators, and help the victims of this evil industry heal and re-enter society. These unanimous pieces of legislation were signed into law by Governor Kemp.

In a second term, Governor Kemp will build on the success of his first four years in office by increasing penalties for gang recruitment of minors, implementing a database for gang research and prevention, reforming the “own recognizance” bond system, creating an education loan reimbursement program for those looking to become POST-certified members of Georgia’s law enforcement community and medical examiners, and ensuring specific places of business adhere to state law regarding notification of human trafficking resources.

Cracking Down on Gangs

Governor Kemp will prioritize legislation to update Code section 16-15-4e to increase the penalty from 5 years minimum to 10 years minimum for recruitment of a minor into a criminal street gang, as defined by current state law.

The Kemp administration prioritized and funded in 2020 and 2021 the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Database to build on the strongest gang statute in the country.

  • This database will include voluntary reporting from local law enforcement, and will serve as a repository of collected gang data to be accessed and utilized by all participating local and state law enforcement.
  • Data collected will include gang crimes, and suspected and convicted gang members, to the benefit of law enforcement intelligence and action.
Combatting Human Trafficking

Governor Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp will champion legislation to increase fines for specific locations listed in code section 16-5-47 if they fail to post information for individuals being trafficked or held against their will.

  • Currently state law stipulates a maximum fine of $500 for the first offense.
  • Governor Kemp will support legislation to increase those fines to no less than $500 and not more than $1000 for the first offense, and no less than $1000 and no more than $5000 on second offense.
“Own Recognizance” (OR) Bond Reform

Governor Kemp will support legislation requiring judges to consider criminal history when issuing OR bonds.

Additionally, the Kemp administration will seek to amend current statute to prohibit the issuance of OR bonds to individuals with a proven history of bail jumping or failing to appear in court.

Loan Reimbursement for Future Peace Officers, Medical Examiners

Building on last year’s success of adding Criminal Justice degrees to the HOPE Career Grant list, Governor Kemp will support legislation to create additional assistance for those entering a career as a peace officer.

  • The program would serve as a service reimbursable loan to pay direct and indirect higher education costs for a certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate education at an eligible Georgia institution when an individual begins work as a peace officer in Georgia.
  • Kemp administration budgets will recommend funding to recruit and retain up to 800 peace officer recipients who can take advantage of the reimbursable loan.
  • The maximum amount of loan repayment assistance would be $20,000 over a 5 year period (max of $4,000 a year). 

Governor Kemp will also prioritize a new Georgia Medical Examiner Service Loan Reimbursement Program, designed as a recruitment tool to attract and retain medical examiners from across the nation to Georgia by implementing a service-based loan repayment program for Georgia’s 19 medical examiner positions.

  • Only half of existing medical examiner positions are filled, which contributes to case delays across the state.
  • The program would allow a medical examiner, employed by the GBI, a graduated annual percentage reimbursement of their loan for up to 5 years, with a total maximum aggregate award of $100,000 per medical examiner.

Governor Kemp’s Record

Thanks to Governor Kemp’s strong leadership, Georgia is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Public Safety
Election Integrity
  • Passed SB 202, making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Georgia elections
  • Banned outside money from flooding local elections, expanded early voting days, secured drop boxes around the clock, and required photo ID for absentee ballots among other provisions to secure our elections
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