Brown Disconnects 48,000 State-Funded Cell Phones

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 03: California governor Jerry Brown (R) and his wife Anne Gust Brown (L) enjoy a hot dog during the People's Party after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California's governor 28 years after serving his last term. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown;Anne Gust-Brown

    Gov. Jerry Brown promised painful cuts to balance the state's budget but chatty state employees may have been caught off guard by the latest announcement.

    Brown proclaimed Tuesday that he is cutting the chord on 48,000 state issued cell phones.  The governor said he was shocked to find out California taxpayers are paying for 96,000 cell phones.

    Turning about half of those phones off permanently will save the state about $20 million.

    While $20 million is a lot of money, Brown still needs to come up with clever ways to cut another $25 billion out of the state's budget.

    Brown plans to nickel and dime whatever he can to get him closer to the goal, regardless of how small the cuts seem. Next on his list is reducing the number of light-duty vehicles used by state employees.

    About 13,600 cars and vans are going to have to "re-justified" in Brown's budget. Potential cuts will not impact public safety agencies.