The expense figures do not include the costs associated with Kemp’s decision this week - after a particularly deadly weekend in Atlanta - to declare a state of emergency and authorize 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings.
The troops have been stationed outside the State Capital, the Governor's Mansion and the Department of Public Safety, which was vandalized over the weekend.
Kemp’s decision to help protect Atlanta, which initially saw looting after peaceful protests, came at a time when state government is struggling through a fiscal crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic recession.
State tax collections have plummeted as businesses closed, bringing record unemployment. Kemp had to dip heavily into state reserves to pay for services in the final three months of fiscal 2020, which ended June 30.
And he just signed a budget for this year that cuts $2.2 billion in spending, including $950 million in funding for K-12 schools.