Debt 2009: $9.2 billion
Projected 2012 Budget Shortfall: $290 million
GDP 2009: $47.8 billion
Debt/GDP Ratio: 19.19%
Unfunded Pension Liabilities: $4.4 billion (39%)
Unfunded Health Care & Other Liabilities: $788 million (100%)
On the chopping block: Rhode Island’s judges and court workers are trudging along despite a lack of funds cutting paid work days per week and 53 positions that remain unfilled. “This is not a time for expensive initiatives and hefty new capital projects. It is a time to do the very best with the limited resources we have,” said Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell. The states court system has responded to budget shortfalls in part by disposing of cases on backlog.