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Every one I know with a cell phone is always trying to get the best deal possible.  That’s because we pay for our own cell phones.  When it’s not your money, who cares?

That’s exactly what’s happening in my state of Washington.  In our state, with a $2 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, the state has paid more than $500,000 in a year for 2,000 cell phones that weren’t being used.

At a cost of $1.8 million, 6,679 phones were used minimally and many phones were locked into inefficient plans, resulting in fees which wouldn’t be assessed if there was a more appropriate cell phone contract.  One phone, for example, cost the taxpayers $434 a month even though a plan costing $100 was available.

With this recent audit, someone is finally looking into it.  But why wasn’t this done previously?  I’ll tell you why….it’s not their money, so who cares?