Passed by the Republican-controlled legislature earlier this month, the legislation uses more than $1 billion of surplus government funds to provide income tax refunds for state residents who filed returns in 2020 and 2021.
“When the government takes in more than it needs, I believe those dollars should be returned to the taxpayer,” Kemp, a Republican, who is up for reelection this year, said in a statement.
Kemp’s move mirrors efforts in states across the country to provide relief to their residents in the face of inflation. In California, for example, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed using billions in surplus state funds to dole out $400 debit cards and free public transit for 3 months to help Californians offset the high cost of gas.
“We have had investments made in the state over the last few years. But let’s be clear about where those dollars came from. As we see these massive amounts of money being passed out in this election year. I want us to remember it’s not who put their name on the cards but who bought the gift. And while there might be a K name on the card, it’s Biden and Warnock who got the money here,” Abrams said at the time.