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24/7 Wall Street: 15 Worst-Run States in America

8. Rhode Island

State debt per capita: $8,716 (3rd highest)
Pct. without health insurance: 12.2 percent (16th lowest)
Pct. below poverty line: 12.8 percent (tied for 21st lowest)
Unemployment: 10.5 percent (7th highest)

Rhode Island has many positive attributes, including low violent crime rate and a relatively low poverty rate. However, the state’s spending is exceptionally high, and it has accumulated $8,716 in debt per capita. Nearly 20 percent of expenditures are for public education, yet compared with other states it has the 10th lowest percentage of adults who have graduated from high school.

(AP Photo/Robert Button)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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