ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is laying out a plan for a “safer, stronger Georgia” in his State of the State address. The Republican called for more money for teachers and schools and an effort to crack down on crime in his annual speech on Thursday. The speech comes as Kemp seeks reelection against Republican challengers and Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp is calling for pay raises for teachers and other state employees. He also wants to increase funding for K-12 schools and universities and provide $1.6 billion of state income tax rebates. The governor has appealed to conservative voters by proposing to eliminate a requirement that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons and protect students from certain teaching on race.

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