Technology cuts win Montana cost-savings suggestion contest

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer announced today the winners of a public contest to come up with ideas to save the state money. The winning suggestion? Delay purchases of new computers.

url.jpgThe state will now replace the state’s 14,000 computers every five years instead of every four years. Schweitzer said the change will save the state $400,000 a year.

The second-place suggestion called for reducing the number of state cell phones and wireless devices, the Associated Press reported.

To replace the state devices, Montana could ask employees to use their personal devices and then reimburse them for a portion of the work use.