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Gov. Brian Kemp told business leaders Monday he will sign legislation to expand economic opportunities for Georgians in Cobb County.

In his keynote address at the Cobb Chamber’s annual luncheon, Kemp commended Georgians’ efforts in combating coronavirus over the last year. He praised the resiliency of Georgians and business leaders, and touted the accomplishments of the legislative session, including tax cuts, the repeal of the citizen’s arrest law and the budget, which adds funding for priorities such as education, public safety and health care.

He praised state lawmakers for crafting the “Tax Credit Return on Investment Act of 2021.” Kemp said this legislation incentivizes the reshoring of critical industries like medical manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

“I want to thank the General Assembly for their support on Senate Bill 6, which includes a provision that will expand tax credits for businesses, which will give them an advantage as they compete to win contracts,” Kemp said. “Those projects alone will have enormous economic impact in this community, far beyond the value of any All Star game.”

Kemp also addressed the controversial election law, which has forced numerous Georgia companies to respond to nationwide backlash. He noted that in the last two weeks he has taken more than 60 interviews to speak on behalf of the business community.

“Despite outrage from those with a political agenda and their friends in the national media, we also passed a bill that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Kemp said. “As you all know, the misguided backlash from that bill has brought national attention right here in Cobb County, with Major League Baseball making an unfortunate decision to pull the All Star Game out of Truist Park without considering the consequences on hard-working Georgians.” 

Kemp said he looks forward to signing the bill in the coming weeks.

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