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State’s cell bill: $4.9M: Taxpayers spent that much through September of last year for workers’ air time


Your state government is listening. And it seems they are doing a lot of talking as well.

State records indicate about one out of every four of South Carolina’s 67,200 full or part-time employee has access to an agency-supplied mobile. Last year, those 15,458 devices cost taxpayers about $4.9 million in air time just through the end of September.

To be sure, government in the modern age likes to keep up with the demands of immediacy. And access to cell phones means the public’s business can be conducted on the move, in the field or traveling the highway. But with state governments across the country facing deficits, the debate over who has access to state-supplied devices has picked up, starting with cash-strapped California.


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