Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state agencies to stop buying “S.W.A.G” or “Stuff We All Get.”
Brown claims California spent $7.5 million on free giveaway and gift items like key chains and coffee mugs in the past three years.
“Not a cent of taxpayer money should be spent on flashlights, ashtrays or other unnecessary items, most of which likely end up in landfills,” said Governor Brown in a statement.
Brown is trying to cut $363 million in operational costs next fiscal year.
“Every taxpayer dollar we save by cutting waste is a dollar that can be used to pay for critical public safety and social services,” said Brown.
A breakdown of “S.W.A.G” expenditures from 2007 to 2010:
Word of the “S.W.A.G” ban comes on the heels of a hiring freeze and a state cell phone ban.