The article goes on to list some of the suggestions the governor's office received, and the first two mentioned have to do with IT:
• One person suggested replacing computers in state agencies every five years instead of the current four years, a move that could save $3 million.
• One person proposed that the state start using free, open-source software instead of paying to keep its contracts with Microsoft and Oracle. California is pursuing this and has officially accepted open-source software as an "acceptable practice," which could save that state several million dollars.
Among some of the other Montana cost-cutting recommendations: lower thermostats in unoccupied offices; launch a state-run health insurance office; require license plates only on the backs of cars instead of front and back; and reduce the number of school administrators.
An article on the California CIO's decision to allow open-source software can be found here.