RI pension settlement would add $232M to shortfall

By Ted Nesi and Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State and union leaders on Friday unveiled a proposed settlement that would end a legal challenge to Rhode Island’s landmark pension changes by adding $232 million to the state’s unfunded shortfall and tweaking how cost-of-living increases, retirement ages and contribution rates work for state retirees and employees.

The settlement asks the General Assembly to approve a 5% increase in Rhode Island’s unfunded pension liability for state employees, teachers and some municipal workers – from $4.8 billion to $5.05 billion – in order to get the unions to drop their lawsuits over the 2011 pension law, as well as previous pension changes passed in 2009 and 2010.

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  • Mario

    Who is paying for that website?

  • Bob

    awwww..poor babies. still make more in retirement than most RI’ers do working.

  • http://wpri.com Diane

    Bob, I don’t know what you are talking about, but my husband worked for the state for 30 years and takes home just over $2,000 per month in retirement. If most RI’ers are only making that, then there is more wrong with this state then we know.

  • Bob

    doubt it Diane!

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