Many people have been saying for years (decades?) that Rhode Island, for its size and population, is outrageously (and inefficiently) over-serviced… Too many towns, too many school systems, too many police departments, etc. etc… Several state leaders have given unsuccessful lip service to the idea of serious service consolidation in the state, but it appears that our ongoing economic catastrophe might be starting to accomplish what has thus far been an impossible dream.
This Providence Business News article discusses that several Rhode Island municipalities have ongoing talks about combining services ranging from the mundane (animal services) to the sacred cow (school systems). No municipal borders or town halls are going anywhere quite yet, but our yawning budget deficit is starting to stoke some interesting ideas for solutions.
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