Video: Raimondo Talks Pension Settlement, Defends 2011 Reforms

In this interview, new Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo discusses the amount of fees the pension system pays to Wall Street managers and defends her pension reforms (2:00 mark); she also talks about a possible settlement with the retirees suing the state over those reforms (3:20 mark).   Photo by By Jim Jones (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Lawyers Meet With Judge As Jury Trial in Rhode Island Pension Lawsuit Nears

The long-running lawsuit over Rhode Island’s 2011 pension reforms is set to begin on April 20. Lawyers will eventually argue the law’s constitutionality in front of a jury. But on Tuesday, the lawyers met with the judge presiding over the case to hammer out scheduling matters as the pretrial process continues. From WPRI: Lawyers on both sides of ...

Raimondo Seeks Pension Settlement, But Has “No Interest” In Negotiating Changes to Reforms

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said during an interview Wednesday that she is still hoping for a settlement with public workers in the lawsuit over the state’s 2011 pension reforms. But while she is willing to settle, she has “no interest” in re-opening negotiations on the reforms. From NBC 10: She said during a taping of “10 News Conference” ...

Jury Will Hear Rhode Island Pension Lawsuit; Trial Set for April

A Rhode Island judge sided with the state on Tuesday when she ruled that a jury will hear the lawsuit over the state’s 2011 pension reforms. More details from WPRI: Taft-Carter said that while she disagreed with state lawyers’ arguments that they had a constitutional right to a jury trial in the pension case, she would use her discretion to grant ...

Waiver on Retirement Income Tax Gains Steam in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of a handful of states that tax social security and pension benefits. But the idea of offering a waiver on those taxes is gaining momentum in the state, and the push for retiree tax relief is coming from several directions. The idea has been proposed by labor group leaders, who say a waiver could be part of a settlement in the lawsuit ...
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