tv Georgia Governor Delivers State of the State Address CSPAN January 14, 2022 10:01am-10:30am EST
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thank you very much. thank you. thank you all very much. i'm still hung up on what the speaker said about marnie and the girls. lieutenant governor duncan, speaker austin, president pro tem miller, speaker pro tem jones, members of the general assembly, members of the judiciary, and my fellow georgians, three years ago, when i stood before this body and the people of our state for the first time as your governor, i said, i know there will be adversity. those that want to tear us down. there will be difficult days and dark nights, but together, we will overcome. like coach henderson said, it can be done. standing before all of you today in the final year of my first term in office, i did not know
then how true these words would become. just like i saw all those years ago under the friday night lights at clark central high school, legendary football coach billy henderson was right again. despite the divisive politics, the pandemic, the unforeseen challenges, the tough obstacles that stood in our way, we pulled together and lend a helping hand to our fellow georgians and proved that it could be done. as psalm 16:8 says, i have set the lord before me always because he is at my right hand and i shall not be shaken. over the last three years, we built gorgeous's house -- georgia's house on a firm foundation. the concrete, frame and roof withstood storms and we emerged resilient. we boldly sees the opportunity -- sieze the opportunity --
thanks to that approach and our work together, our state has celebrated unprecedented access. by keeping our state open for business, bringing record levels of jobs and investment and putting -- fighting to put hard-working georgians first, we now have the opportunity to build a safer, stronger georgia for all who call the peach state home. in 2018, georgia ranked 23rd in the country. a survey show that hard-working georgians would leave the profession within the first five years. three years after we came
together and passed a $3000 down payment on that promise, educators and students face a challenging future. teachers and educators are doing their best to help students overcome loss from the pandemic. students from all loss that walks of life are confronted with mental health struggles. teachers are asked to do more and more every year. the need for a world-class k-12 education to provide our children has never been greater. i have had the honor of attending teacher listening sessions and regular meetings with groups of superintendents and school board members from across the state. in those discussions, i've gotten to know and also understand the struggles, the successes and the needs of different school districts in every corner of georgia. the hard-working georgians in
our schools, the school staff, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and teachers all do a terrific job of keeping our kids safe and investing in their futures. to support their heroic efforts day in and day out, i believe that we as state leaders must continue to do everything we can to assure they have the resources necessary to fulfill their mission and prepare the next generation of leaders for successful lives and careers. that is why my fiscal 2023 budget proposal will include the final installment of $2000 to finish out the largest pay raise in state history, a total of $5,000 since 2019. [applause] this $2000 raise will impact
k-12 teachers, assistant teachers and pre-k teachers. i think we can all agree they have gone above and beyond their student throughout the pandemic. in addition, my amended fiscal year 2022 budget will recommend a one time pay supplement of $2000 for full-time state-funded instructional staff, school support staff and school administration. a $1000 one time for school bus drivers, nurses, nutrition workers and part-time employees. let's all take a moment to thank them for all that they have done for our students and our state. [applause]
additionally, a priority for conservative leaders under the dome including myself for many years, has been to appropriately fund the state's school funding formula. these dollars are sent directly to schools in every corner of georgia to hire more teachers and ensure every child receives a quality education. my fiscal year 2023 budget proposal will recommend adding $425 million to fully fund our schools. and completely restore all austerity cuts to education funding and our state that were made during the pandemic. this key priority will collectively provide an additional $1.4 billion in direct funding to our k-12 schools and invest more per k-12 student than ever before. when it comes to education in our state, it is a lot more than
just money and resources. as the parents of three dollars, one of whom is a public school teacher, marty and i are also concerned with what we are seeing across the country. from the classroom to the ballfield, there are those that want to divide our kids along political lines. push partisan agendas and indoctrinate students from all walks of life. this is wrong, it is dangerous and as long as i'm governor, it will not take root in our state. [applause] that is why i am looking forward to working with the members of the general assembly in this legislative section to protect -- session two protect our students from ideologies like critical race theory that kids against each other. also look forward to working with the house and senate to
ensure fairness in school sports and address obscene materials online and in our school libraries. [applause] i believe by working together, this legislative session will be a historic one for education in our state. because building a safer, stronger georgia starts with putting students and parents first. during my campaign for governor, i told georgians i would focus on bringing an innovative solution to our many health care challenges, not just expand a one-size-fits-all broken government program. that is why i worked alongside members of this body took craft solutions through the patient first act that would increase access to health care for our most vulnerable.
today, we are seeing the benefits of that plan across the state. when i signed the bipartisan patients first act in 2019, georgia had only for health insurance carriers offering plans in the individual market. today, we have nearly tripled that number with 11 carriers offering plans for 2022. in 2019, only 26% of georgia counties had more than one carrier offering insurance on the individual market. now, in 2022, 98% of all counties have more than one carrier which means expanded choice and lowered cost for hard-working georgians. overall, the state's witness hundred $39 million invest in georgia access included in my budget proposal this year has helped reduce premiums by a statewide average of 12%. that is $850 in annual savings
for georgians on the marketplace today. in rural counties, where premium prices were highest, choices and coverage were few and options for care were limited, the reinsurance program has contributed to premium reductions from 25% to over 30% in some counties. for a 50-year-old georgian buying a silver plan on the marketplace, that translates into annual savings from $2500 to over $4300 a year. i would like to thank insurance commissioner john king for his work alongside my office to implement these reforms and deliver results for georgia families. and while the biden administration plays politics, in georgia, we are making health care more affordable for millions of our citizens. [applause]
as we lower insurance premiums, it is also vital we have more doctors for georgia to see for care. physicians and nurses are in short supply across the country, but especially in rural georgia. that is why my budget proposal includes an initial $1 million for the university system of georgia to expand nursing programs up to 500 students annually over five years. funding for our technical college system to grow their partnership with allied health to serve up to 700 additional students annually, my proposal also invest $2.5 million for 136 residents and allocate $1 million to mercer university to address world physician shortages. with these key investments, we hope to add 1300 additional health care practitioners in our state. before i go on, let's pause and
take a moment to thank all of our health care heroes in georgia for their tireless dedication and hard work over these last two years. [applause] in fiscal year 2021, my office worked alongside members of the house on an important priority of theirs to expand medicaid coverage for new mothers to six months. building on that success, my budget proposal includes a priority of members of the senate to extend that coverage to the full year, to ensure these new moms are able to receive medical care at a critical time for their health and long-term well-being.
[applause] and to continue george's protection and celebration of life at all stages, i believe it is vitally important that we continue to work together to strengthen our states foster care and adoption systems. my budget proposal will include nearly $28 million to allocate a 10% provider rate interest -- increase for all foster parents, child caring institutions and child placing agent fees. this has been one of the most rewarding issues my office has tackled with members of both gamers. i want to take a moment and thank the members here today and those who are no longer serving for their bipartisan efforts to put george's children first. enke will very much. [applause]
gov. kemp: it starts with fully recognizing the constitutional rights given to law board -- law-abiding georgians. i look forward to supporting constitutional carry legislation in this session. together, we made wise investments in public safety over the last three years. by creating an anti-gang task for within the gbi, passing bipartisan human trafficking legislation to hold criminals accountable and support victims and funding the crime suppressing unit, we have shown our state's commitment to reducing crime and ridding our streets of gangs. the anti-gang task force in particular has been hard at work. i'm very proud of the brave men and women of the gbi and all they have accomplished under the leadership of director vic reynolds.
in too many jurisdictions across our state, soft on crime local governments and prosecutors have been unwilling to join the fight to rid their communities of these criminal networks. with many urban and summer will counties facing alarming levels of violent crime, we have the responsibility to act. to provide additional assistance for gbi's efforts to dismantle criminal street gains -- gangs, my budget proposal will include funding for a new anti-gang unit which will allow the attorney to direct more resources in prosecuting gangs statewide. my office will also be supporting enabling legislation that gives the attorney general the authority to partner with the gbi and local law-enforcement officials in investigating and prosecuting these dangerous criminals. to streamline case backlogs due to the covid-19 pandemic and
insurer prosecutions can obtain evidence as quickly as possible. my proposals will recommend over $7 million to upgrade gbi crime lab equipment and begin improvements to gbi headquarters and provide an additional 32 staff in the crime lab and medical examiner's office to address their increased volume. this investment follows $110 million in federal funds that my office allocated to the judicial system back in october of this year to swiftly address delayed cases. justice delayed is justice denied and we will provide every resource necessary to ensure the court and prosecutors have the information that they need because safer communities lead to stronger communities. and together, i know we can build on our significant progress over the last years. on the front lines of our mission to build a safer, stronger georgia is the
department of public safety. our brave men and women in blue and gray. one of the greatest honors of holding this office was seeing these heroes work each and every day to protect our communities and patrol our roadways. from insuring peaceful protesters were cap safe and restoring order to the capital city in the summer of 2020, to hunkering down through a global pandemic and serving as the tip of the spirit in our crime suppression efforts here in atlanta, the department went above and beyond the call of duty every time to bolster their critically important efforts, my budget proposal will include $3 million to support an additional trooper school class of 75 cadets this coming year. i would like to thank colonel wright and his team for all that they continue to do for our state. [applause]
i think most of you in this chamber would agree, it has never been harder to wear the uniform. unfortunately, in the face of some opposition to law enforcement across the country, i believe some hard-working origin may be hesitant to enter the workforce wearing blue. to ensure we recruit the finest to protect our communities, my office has asked commissioner greg dozier of the technical college system of georgia to avalon or smith and criminal justice degrees to our high demand career initiatives. this aims to provide a free tuition to over 1000 georgians looking to obtain those degrees at our technical colleges. as you all know, at the end of
last year, i was proud to join many of you in allocating a $1000 bonus to our law enforcement and first responders across the state. as my office released last week, i am also proud to say my budget proposal will include a $5,000 rage -- raise for state law enforcement employees. these brave men and women have been on the front lines of a truly unprecedented time in our state's history. from civil unrest a global pandemic. we could not be more appreciative of all that they do to keep our families and our communities safe. i want everyone to know that as long as i'm governor, i will always back the blue. i hope you all again will help me recognize all of these hard-working men and women across our state for their efforts. [applause]
no issue to protect the safety and well-being of georgians has had the top support of our first lady. could you take a moment and thank marty and the girls for their work to end human trafficking echo [applause] under marty's leadership, alongside the cochairs and the gbi director, the great commission has change the conversation around human trafficking by reminding georgians that men and women trapped in this evil industry
need our help and compassion. not another blind i turned. with the strong support of the members of the general assembly and state law enforcement including the attorney general, they have champion reforms that now gives survivors a fighting chance, a place to shelter and a path back to the life they wish to lead. the grace commission has also push for tougher penalties on those who break our laws and enslave others into a life in the shadows. i would like to thank every member, republican and democrat for their votes in support of these new laws. however, our work is not yet finished. unfortunately, many criminals making their living destroying the lives of others are able to quickly get back out on the streets and begin praying upon young women and men within hours of their initial arrest. that is why our first lady in the grace commission will be bringing forward legislation to add human trafficking to the
list of serious, violent and sexual offenses that require a superior court judge to grant bail. making these commonsense bipartisan reforms to our criminal justice system to protect our most vulnerable is yet another way we can work together to build a safer, stronger state for generations to come. nearly two years after the first case of covid-19 was detected in georgia, the lands are vaccinated and our economy is roaring back faster and stronger than other states across the country. in fact, the peach state is leading the nation in economic recovery because georgia protected livelihoods and our most prosperous days are ahead. [applause] our unemployment rate is at record lows. outpacing most of the country including our fellow states in the southeast.
jobs in investment numbers are through the roof. come these from around the world have georgia on their minds. small businesses are bouncing back and we just celebrated the largest single economic development project in state history. these achievements did not happen by accident. george is on the move because we chose freedom over government shutdowns. we trusted our citizens to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. we continue to fight unconstitutional federal mandates that force hard-working georgian to choose between their livelihoods or a covid vaccine. we stood up for our job creators and their employees and ignore the partisan attacks from the left, the national media and those that seek to divide us for financial or political gain. we made the tough decisions because they were the right ones. we put hard-working because that
is what we all were elected to do. nearly five years ago, when i announced my campaign for governor, i made this promise that i would run on an agenda that would put them first, ahead of the status quo. i would tell voters what i wanted to do as their governor. if they chose me and my family to serve them for four years, we would go to work for them every day and do exactly that. marty, the girls and i are deeply honored by the trust, the record norbert -- number of georgians placed in us back in november of 2018. with the lord before us, we set out to do the job you all hired us to do. whether you voted for me or not, i have fought hard to live up to the commitments that i made on the campaign trail and ultimately, do the right thing even when no one was watching. [applause]
the bold conservative agenda i've outlined prioritizes education, health care and public safety. it invested historic levels of resources and our students and educators. it keeps politics out of the classroom and ensures parents have a final say in their kids education. it reduces the cost of health insurance for georgia families, recruits 1300 new nurses and doctors into communities where they are needed the most and gives new mothers expanded access to medical care. it incentivizes more georgians to enter a career in law enforcement, redoubled our efforts to dismantle violent gangs and combat human trafficking and strengthens georgians constitutional rights to protect themselves and families. it turns promises made into promises kept. the fan for a safer, stronger georgia put hard-working georgians first. and ensures our state will
continue to be the best place to live, work and raise a family for generations to come. over the last three years, we have shown this team can accomplish. even when enormous obstacles have stood in our way. by working through this legislative session, i believe -- i know it can be done again. thank you and may god continue to bless this great state that we are honored to live, work and raise our families in. thank you so much. [applause] >> this afternoon, president biden will give an update on the
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