Georgia Governor Nathan Deal called for a special legislative session on Tuesday due to the losses from Hurricane Michael. The special session is to convene on Tuesday, November 21.
Much of the state’s agriculture industry has taken large financial losses of over $1 billion.
Governor Deal will leave office in January 2019 once a new governor is sworn in, and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams released her disaster plan in anticipation of winning the governor’s seat in November.
Below is a statement released on Tuesday from the Abrams campaign about her disaster plan for Georgia:
Today, Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams released a disaster response plan that will provide relief for families and communities impacted by natural disasters in Georgia. Abrams knows that disaster recovery can be a long-term process, and is encouraged by the announcement of a special legislative session to ensure Georgians recieve the assistance they need.
As Governor, Abrams will create the Rebuild Georgia Fund to aid farmers as they seek to restore operations after disaster, implement the Disaster Assistance Grant Program to help low- and middle-income Georgians get back on their feet, and suspend state sales taxes for affected regions to lower costs for families and communities that are rebuilding homes and businesses.
“In their time of need, Georgians look to the governor for clear, comprehensive plans that meet the needs of today and prepare for the challenges of the future,” said Leader Stacey Abrams. “I applaud Governor Deal for calling a special session of the legislature to address Georgians’ long-term relief needs. As Governor, I will ensure that Georgians impacted by disaster have the resources needed to quickly get back on their feet. Georgians are resilient — we know how to take care of each other. I am proud to stand with our affected communities to help damaged farms, businesses, neighborhoods, and homes rebuild — now and for as long as it takes.”
Stacey Abrams knows the challenges that Georgians face following a natural disaster. During Hurricane Katrina, Abrams’ parents faced massive damage to their home and to the church where they pastored. She helped her family rebuild and continued to support them long after the initial relief efforts departed.
Georgia is a coastal state that is vulnerable to natural disasters that can destroy entire communities. As Governor, Stacey Abrams will support Georgians facing tragedy today and ensure that we are ready for whatever comes our way tomorrow.
Background on Disaster Response Plan –
In the face of future disasters, Stacey Abrams will:
- Implement the Disaster Assistance Grant Program for low- and middle-income Georgians to help families get back on their feet after a natural disaster
- Create the Rebuild Georgia Fund by working hand in hand with private donors and companies to help farmers quickly return to their livelihoods
- Temporarily suspend state sales taxes in the face of future disasters for Georgians living in the affected regions
- Revisit areas impacted by Hurricane Michael in her first 30 days as Governor
- Expand Medicaid for 500,000 more Georgians which will provide healthcare coverage for 18,300 Georgians in affected areas
- Create a refundable Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to boost incomes for Georgia families across the state which would help 46,000 taxpayers in affected areas
See Abrams’ full Hurricane Relief plan here.