As U.S. states struggle with unprecedented deficits, they are taking controversial measures to try to boost revenue and keep spending down.
Rhode Island officials are pondering lowering retirement payments, replacing part of the guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-type accounts, and sharply reducing generous cost-of-living increases enjoyed by retirees. The Rhode Island legislature is expected to consider changes next month during a special session. The Rhode Island State House is pictured here. AP Buy Photo