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State cuts down on travel expenses

MONTPELIER The Douglas administration notified state managers that effective last week all out of state travel requiring overnight stays must be approved by the secretary of administration. This authority had previously been delegated to most agency and department heads. Our ultimate goal is to reduce out of state travel by at least 25 percent between now and July 1, 2009. We expect this to save nearly $1 million dollars, said Secretary of Administration Michael Smith. The governor has asked us to be sure the executive branch of state government is taking responsible steps to reduce expenses and be certain that every taxpayer dollar is being invested in programs to protect the most vulnerable or encourage economic growth, added Smith.

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