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Brown Saves $7 Million By Slashing Offices

— Gov. Jerry Brown says he is eliminating the Secretary of Education's office, slashing the governor's office by a quarter and giving back most of the money budgeted for his transition.

The Democratic governor said Friday that all the savings add up to $7 million.

Brown says he only spent $120,000 of the $770,000 allocated for the changeover from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Brown says he's trimming $4.5 million from his own budget by cutting staff in the Washington, D.C. office, closing field offices San Diego, Fresno, and Riverside and cutting communications staff.

He also says he'll eliminate the first lady's office. Brown already announced that his wife, Anne Gust Brown, will serve as an unpaid adviser.

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