pensions http://ripr.org en Anticipation Grows About Possible Deal in Pension Talks http://ripr.org/post/anticipation-grows-about-possible-deal-pension-talks <p>Speculation is growing that a deal may have been reached in the pension mediation talks first<a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/taft-carter-orders-mediation-in-the-pension-lawsuit/"> ordered in December 2012</a> by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:20:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 25326 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Obamacare, Tax Stabilizations in Providence + the LG Race http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-obamacare-tax-stabilizations-providence-lg-race <p></p><p>Pablo Rodriguez joins the Political Roundtable this week as we discuss the troubled rollout of Obamacare; back and forth over pensions; the merits of tax stabilization in Providence; and the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24828 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Obamacare, Tax Stabilizations in Providence + the LG Race Bonus Q+A: Magaziner on Hedge Funds, Economic Development + Teach For America http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-magaziner-hedge-funds-economic-development-teach-america <p>Democratic Treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign a host of other issues, including pension management, hedge funds, using the treasurer's office to create jobs, and whether being 30 is an advantage or a disadvantage as a candidate.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 23745 at http://ripr.org Rolling Stone Calls Pension Cuts a Wall Street Giveaway; Raimondo's Office Fires Back http://ripr.org/post/rolling-stone-calls-pension-cuts-wall-street-giveaway-raimondos-office-fires-back <p></p><p>Here&#39;s how a Rolling Stone headline sums up muckraker <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/looting-the-pension-funds-20130926">Matt Taibbi&#39;s story </a>on the pension overhaul championed in Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo in 2011: &quot;Looting Pension Funds. All Across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers.&quot;</p><p>The first comment from Raimondo comes eight pages into the story, the equivalent of an 11-page printout, after Taibbi presents his case in his signature profanity-laden style.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:44:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 22279 at http://ripr.org Rolling Stone Calls Pension Cuts a Wall Street Giveaway; Raimondo's Office Fires Back Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul http://ripr.org/post/mediation-continues-between-unions-and-state-over-pension-overhaul <p>Mediation is set to continue over the challenge by a series of public-employee unions to an overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.</p><p></p><p>The outcome of the case has big implications for the state.The two sides in the pension case have repeatedly asked for more time to mediate their differences. Following another such request, the next update is slated before Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on September 5<sup>th</sup>. Taft-Carter was the one who ordered mediation in the case last December.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:18:10 +0000 Ian Donnis 19651 at http://ripr.org Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul Audit Finds State Retirees Received Thousands in Disability Pension Overpayment http://ripr.org/post/audit-finds-state-retirees-received-thousands-disability-pension-overpayment <p>An audit shows that six state retirees received a combined overpayment of almost 560-thousand dollars in disability pensions. The state retirement system is working with law enforcement to determine whether to pursue criminal or civil charges against the individuals.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In a statement, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo said the retirees received the overpayments between 2001 and the end of 2011. Raimondo, who chairs the state Retirement Board, said disability pensions have been suspended for the six individuals.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:02:35 +0000 Ian Donnis 16828 at http://ripr.org Audit Finds State Retirees Received Thousands in Disability Pension Overpayment Audit Shows Six Individuals Received $558K in Disability Pension Overpayments http://ripr.org/post/audit-shows-six-individuals-received-558k-disability-pension-overpayments <p>Six people with disability pensions through the state retirement system received almost $560,000 in overpayments, an audit shows.</p><p>The findings were announced by state Treasurer<a href="http://www.treasury.ri.gov/"> Gina Raimondo</a>, who chairs the state Retirement Board. She says they were revealed by the Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) and the auditing firm of Sullivan &amp; Company.</p><p>Raimondo says the overpayments took place between 2001 and the end of 2011.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:25:58 +0000 Ian Donnis 16787 at http://ripr.org State's Largest Public-Employee Union Hires Critic of Raimondo http://ripr.org/post/states-largest-public-employee-union-hires-critic-raimondo <p><a href="http://www.ricouncil94.org/">AFSCME's Council 94</a>, the largest union of state public employees, has hired pension expert <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsiedle/">Edward "Ted" Siedle</a>, whose Forbes.com piece in April sparked debate about state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's <a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/business/content/20130523-r.i.-treasurer-raimondo-releases-data-about-pension-hedge-funds.ece">heightened allocation</a> of hedge funds in the $7 billion state pension fund.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:30:10 +0000 Ian Donnis 16406 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-5 <p>With the aftermath of this week's Boston Marathon attack remaining in the forefront of headlines, we're keeping the focus on politics in my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by; as always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:29:53 +0000 Ian Donnis 13851 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Fung Explains Why He's a Republican http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-fung-explains-why-hes-republican <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A to talk about why he's a Republican, his potential race for governor next year, and what Rhode Island should do to improve its economy, among other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 13797 at http://ripr.org