Rhode Island's Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun ordered state workers to take 10 days off without pay, and several other governors are considering furloughs as a budget-cutting tool.

Sundlun on Thursday told 19,000 state workers they must take the unpaid days off by June 30. State government will shut down one day every other week during that time.Sundlun, trying to close an estimated $205 million gap in a $1.5 billion budget, said the payless days would save nearly $16 million. Union leaders promised to fight both the furloughs and 600 planned layoffs.