Gov. Jerry Brown's ban on state-funded discretionary travel for government employees has saved California taxpayers $85 million, according to the Associated Press.
The state spent $144 million on travel during Brown's first year in office, compared to $229 million during the final year of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term in office, the news source reported.
Brown in April 2011 stated that only "mission critical" travel for state employees could be covered by the taxpayer dime. The ban applied to "all state agencies," the news source reported.