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He promptly issued an executive order that 48,000 cell phones be turned in by June 1.

Savings to California taxpayers are estimated at $20 million a year.

"It is difficult for me to believe that 40 percent of all state employees must be equipped with taxpayer-funded cellphones," Brown said.

"Some state employees, including department and agency executives who are required to be in touch 24 hours a day and seven days a week, may need cellphones, but the current number of phones out there is astounding."

Brown, who is facing a a $25-billion budget hole, is in a desperate search to find ways to cut spending. He has even proposed that voters agree to extend some existing taxes, usually political suicide in our nation's largest state.

Brown also wants to reduce the number of state vehicles.

There are 13,600 light-duty vehicles, including cars and vans in the state fleet but not including the 12,000 that are used by public safety agencies, including California Highway Patrol.

Brown is requiring that each vehicle's purpose and necessity be "rejustified." Written in black and white in the state budget are the following words:

"Only vehicles necessary for critical state functions will be retained and only when retaining such vehicles is cost effective."

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