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Governor Brown: Cut State Cell Phone Usage In Half

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Governor Brown says 40 percent of all state workers now have taxpayer-funded cell phones - that's 96-thousand phones.  Brown calls it "astounding." He's issued an Executive Order, asking agency and department heads to turn in half of them by June:

Brown: "We've got to look for waste.  It's not just cutting government programs; it's looking for making government leaner and more effective."

Brown says the move will save the state about 20 million dollars.  But Mike Whiteside, a bridge engineer with Caltrans, says eliminating some workers' phones - like his - may actually cost California:

Whiteside: "If we have a problem out in the field, if we have a situation, if we have delays, that can be very very costly in a matter of minutes."

The Governor's order comes a day after he released a budget plan that calls for deep cuts to nearly every sector of government and asks voters to extend temporary tax increases.
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