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Brown Bans Non-Essential Travel

Sacramento, CA– To save even more taxpayer dollars and to cut government waste, Governor Jerry Brown has issued an Executive Order banning non-essential travel for state employees.


Under the Governor’s Executive Order issued Tuesday, no travel is permitted unless it is mission-critical or there is no cost to the state.


“Our fiscal challenges demand that we take a much closer look at how taxpayer dollars are being spent within state government,” Brown said. “Now is not the time to attend conferences, travel to meetings or take out-of-state field trips and this Executive Order puts an end to it.”


All in-state travel must be approved by agency secretaries or department directors who do not report to an agency secretary and all out-of-state travel must be approved by the Governor’s office.


This Executive Order is part of the Governor’s efforts to save money this fiscal year and to cut millions in operational costs next fiscal year. He previously imposed a hiring freeze and cut back state-issued cell phones and vehicles.


Since taking office, Governor Brown has also cut spending in his own office by 25 percent.


Written by tina.falco@mlode.com