Kemp, a former state senator, has long been considered a potential gubernatorial candidate and has tried to raise his profile by calling on Trump to investigate the Obama administration’s apparent attempt to access his office’s computer system. Of course, he could also choose to run for re-election, keeping a beachhead in statewide office.
He told the audience he would aim to pour more funding into the state’s technology infrastructure, overhaul “useless” regulations and send the message that “government will get out of your way.”
“It’s time for a top-to-bottom review of all state regulations by business owners, not bureaucrats,” he said. “To tackle what should stay and what should go.”
He also said the state should offer new incentives, such as tax breaks, to attract more businesses and invest in fiber and gigabit services to help foster the state’s growing financial technology industry.
Kemp closed his remarks with a nod to Gov. Nathan Deal’s most oft-used line about the state’s pro-business environment.
“As a small business owner and a state official,” he said, “I want to use my unique experience to help lead our state during the next decade to be not only the number one state for business, but the number one state for small businesses as well.”