Rhode Island government still uses typewriters, microfiche

Rhode Island Department of Administration. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Some areas of Rhode Island state government still rely on machine relics like electric typewriters, dot-matrix printers and microfiche for payroll and other uses.

WPRI-TV reports that state workers hand write their time cards, which are stored in boxes and then eventually typed out and printed on dot-matrix printers.

Long-term personnel documents are stored on microfiche.

The inefficiencies can be costly as they require more paper, ink and repairs to decades-old equipment.

Gov. Gina Raimondo hopes to address the issue in her current budget which includes a line for a system to modernize state HR, payroll, finance functions and other tasks.