Slashing California’s cell phone bill is job No. 1 for the state’s newly elected Democratic governor, the Washington Wire blog of the Wall Street Journal reports
. Gov. Jerry Brown, in his first executive decree, is shutting off half of the 96,000 cellphone accounts paid for by the state in order to start chipping away at a massive budget deficit.
The current and former governor called it “astonishing” how many state-paid mobile phones are out there, and ordered his agency heads to collect 48,000 of them by June 1
The $20 million the move is expected to save -- assuming cancellation fees don’t eat up the savings -- is a droplet in the ocean of California’s $25 billion in red ink.
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