California Governor Cuts Taxpayer-Funded Cell Phone Use for State Bureaucrats

January 11, 2011 - 7:42 PM

Sacramento, Calif.  (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is hanging up his state-issued cell phone, and he's ordering half the state bureaucrats who have the devices to do the same.

Brown said Tuesday there's no need for four of every 10 California state employees to have taxpayer-funded cell phones.

He says some employees may need to stay in touch around the clock, seven days a week, but the proliferation of cell phones is astounding.

Brown used his first executive order to instruct department heads to cut off 48,000 state employee cell phones by June.

Brown says dialing back the number of phones will save $20 million a year as the state fights a $25.4 billion budget gap over the next 18 months.