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Gov. Brown Cuts the Cord on Nearly 30K State-Funded Cellphones

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There are 29,398 fewer state-issued cellphones in use today thanks to a massive cut implemented by Governor Jerry Brown. The removal of the state employees' state-funded phones is part of cost-cutting plan to save the taxpayers at least $13 million.

The cellphones cut today represent 44 percent of the phones issued to state employees in state agencies and departments that fall under the Governor’s direct authority, according to the Governor's office. The ultimate goal is to cut a total of 33,559 cellphones, which would be the realization of the 50 percent reduction detailed in a January 2011 Executive Order.