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Abrams, Kemp Duel Over Budget Surplus in Georgia Governor’s Race

  • Democrat Abrams wants to boost education, infrastructure
  • GOP incumbent Kemp favors rebates to state residents
Stacey Abrams
Stacey AbramsPhotographer: Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams unveiled a plan to deploy the largest budget surplus in state history, saying Republican Governor Brian Kemp has no vision for the windfall other than handing out checks to residents in an election year.

In a speech at an Atlanta brewery Tuesday night, Abrams said Georgia has a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to invest in itself. The money -- $5 billion in surplus plus another $2.3 billion in federal Covid-19 relief funds -- should be invested in education, infrastructure, law enforcement, small business opportunities and rural communities, she said. Georgia also has a $4.3 billion rainy day fund.