Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp marked his first 100 days in office on Wednesday by launching a statewide tour to meet with citizens from across the state and highlight his accomplishments from his first weeks as the Peach State's chief executive.
Kemp highlighted what he called a "historic increase" in pay for grade school teachers across the state, a larger investment in mental health services for students and school security, new solutions for Georgia's healthcare system, along with new overall efforts aimed at safety for communities statewide.
"Together, we've accomplished a great deal during our first 100 days leading this state. By raising teacher pay by $3,000, funding more mental health services for students, investing in school security, and taking steps to keep our families safe, we are ensuring a brighter future for Georgia," Kemp said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
"Working with the General Assembly, we have allocated millions in relief efforts for Georgians still reeling from Hurricane Michael. Republicans and Democrats came together to overwhelmingly pass budgets that fund our priorities while keeping our state's fiscal house in order," the governor said.
Kemp emphasized future plans geared toward new initiatives for small business growth across the state. He mentioned the creation of the Georgians First Commission, which he said during earlier speeches will help add more jobs in the small business sector statewide.
"By launching the Georgians First Commission, we will make Georgia the top state in the nation for small business. Job growth in our state is beating national trends and companies around the world have Georgia on their mind," Kemp said. "We have a lot to celebrate after the first 100 days of my first term, but we are just getting started. Together, the next 100 days will build on these successes and keep Georgia moving in the right direction."