Rhode Island has third-highest interest payments in the U.S.

Rhode Island spends more on interest payments than all but two other states, according to The Tax Foundation.

A total of 6.85% of Rhode Island’s direct spending went to interest payments in 2008-09. The only states that spent a larger share on debt service were Massachusetts (9.58%) and New Hampshire (6.90%). Tennessee spent the least, at 1.12%.

The Tax Foundation calculated the numbers based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Here’s a map:

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