Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Jerry Brown bans official California state trinkets

california governor jerry brown bans state freebies.Ironically, some of the $7.5 million in official state giveaways implore Californians not to be wasteful. By Annalyn Censky, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- California Governor Jerry Brown is getting serious about his state's $25 billion shortfall. He has frozen state hiring, cut official cell phone use, and now, he's cracking down on coffee mugs and key chains.

In his latest push to close his state's staggering deficit, Brown has forbidden all state agencies from wasting tax dollars on freebie trinkets like hats and cups.

"Not a cent of taxpayer money should be spent on flashlights, ashtrays or other unnecessary items, most of which likely end up in landfills," Brown said in an official statement.

A government investigation revealed state agencies spent $7.5 million on pens and other gift items between 2007 and 2010. The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency was, by far, the biggest offender having spent $5 million. In contrast, the Department of Verterans Affairs spent just $4,968 on tchotchkes.

Ironically, some of that state swag urges Californians not to be wasteful. A plastic cup from the Environmental Protection Agency asks men to use waterless urinals to save water. And an orange traffic cone discourages littering.

The ban follows Brown's proposal earlier this month to slash $12.5 billion in spending and raise taxes by $12 billion in fiscal 2012.  To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 19,620.76 71.14 0.36%
Nasdaq 5,408.74 14.98 0.28%
S&P 500 2,245.23 3.88 0.17%
Treasuries 2.38 0.04 1.58%
Data as of 3:05pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 22.97 0.40 1.77%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 7.59 0.01 0.18%
Wells Fargo & Co 57.12 -0.16 -0.28%
Ford Motor Co 13.04 -0.03 -0.19%
Micron Technology In... 20.58 0.14 0.71%
Data as of 2:50pm ET
Sponsors

Sections

Experts think the 'yuge' move higher for stocks since the election could continue. Even corporate executives are predicting better times ahead -- despite attacks by Donald Trump against business leaders. More

Senator Elizabeth Warren and 20 other senators send a letter to President-elect Donald Trump reminding him he wouldn't cut Medicare and Medicaid. More