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Pens, Pencils and Paperclips Cost Taxpayers Millions

January 26th, 2010 by flanews

The state is wasting millions of dollars ordering new office supplies instead of sharing among agencies.

The state spends 47 million dollars a year on paper clips, pens, notepads and other supplies. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink says the state could save 14 million dollars by pooling surplus supplies. Sink saved 200-thousand dollars in her office alone and found they had 500 pounds of paperclips in her office.

“One of my friends here in Tallahassee told me he got an email, saying can you believe she’s making us count paperclips. You darn right I’m making you count paper clips. And when I told a couple of my business friends that we were counting paperclips in my department amazingly enough just last week two large fortune 1000 companies said we count paper clips too,” said Sink.

Sink is creating the CFO Depot, a website with a list of extra supplies available to state workers.

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