Brown seeks to eliminate 718 unnecessary reports

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(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown says his administration has found more than 700 unnecessary state reports as a result of a cost-cutting review he ordered last year.

The governor on Tuesday released a list of 718 reports his office believes are insignificant and outdated, about half of which must be submitted to the Legislature.

Some of the reports that agencies have to produce or transmit include an annual report on the kangaroo population in Australia and a monthly report on response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The Democratic governor says government should focus on “providing information that is actually helpful to taxpayers.”

The administration is ending production on about half of those reports. Brown’s finance director, Ana Matosantos, is asking the Legislature to end reporting requirements on the remaining half.

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