ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia state employees are flying less as a result of a change in travel policy made by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that taxpayers are expected to save $2 million a year as a result of the new travel policy.
Deal grounded state-owned airplanes and moved most official government air travel to charter-based services. The state moved in 2011 to begin selling its fixed-wing aircraft and contracted with three private charter companies, a change that is on track to lower state flight times by nearly 70 percent.
Officials say the move to private flights is part of a broader effort to streamline state employee travel, which costs taxpayers nearly $100 million a year.
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