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by Michael C. Lowe | May 04, 2011

 California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on April 26 that immediately eliminates state-funded travel for conferences and meetings that cannot be conducted via phone or videoconference, and for networking opportunities, among others. The order, which notes "No travel, either in-state or out-of-state unless it is mission critical or there is no cost to the state," comes as part of the governor's attempt to reduce the $25 billion budget deficit by cutting state operational expenses. "Our fiscal challenges demand that we take a much closer look at how taxpayer dollars are being spent within state government," Brown said in a statement. "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."