RI proposes to save state money with cremations


Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration is proposing a new way to trim Rhode Island’s deficit – don’t bury people who die in state care, cremate them.

WPRO-AM reports Friday that Ocean State officials say the proposal would save money because the state wouldn’t have to pay funeral directors for burials.

A spokesman for the Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services says exceptions would be made for people with religious or other preferences for burial.

Religious groups are decrying the proposal. The Rev. Donald Anderson, executive minister for the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, calls the move “morally bankrupt” and “crazy.”

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