Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and hopes to trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don Carcieri outlined Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue.
...Critical workers such as state police, prison guards and child abuse investigators still will report to work during the shutdown", Carcieri said.
What's amusing to me is that this is regarded as a crisis. What else should the state be doing except these "critical" functions? The only problem I see with this plan is it lasts only 12 days.