Rhode Island will shut down its state government for a total of 12 days and withhold millions more in local aid to help plug a growing budget hole. Governor Carcieri who has had to jockey various union demands, cities, towns and hamlets begging for more and more and more and more and more money to fund under-performing teachers unions had to shout SHUT THIS STATE DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The unions, the teachers lobby, the whole kit and kaboodle are all ticked off that they now have 12 unpaid days to stay and home and do pretty much the same thing they do on the job......nothing. Finally a Governor in New England who has stumbled upon an idea that doesn't involve raising taxes. Next up we need to pull the teachers pensions, then the teachers unlimited sick days, then amend teachers hours from 7-2 to a 9-4 rotation to match the private sector worker. We are FINALLY on the right track.