For his third executive order since taking office in January, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered all state agencies to "freeze hiring" in an effort to reduce further spending. "We have a $25 billion deficit, and we must do everything possible to save money and make government leaner and more efficient," Brown said in a statement.

Brown's budget, as reported in the Sacto Bee, requires "state agencies to achieve $363 million in operational cost savings in the next fiscal year."

[Sacto Bee]