pension http://ripr.org en Political Roundtable: Hodgson on the Fox Probe, His Run for AG, I-195 Confidentiality & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-hodgson-fox-probe-his-run-ag-i-195-confidentiality-more <p></p><p>Republican attorney general candidate Dawson Hodgson joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the ongoing probe involving former House speaker Gordon Fox; Hodgson's challenge to Democratic AG Peter Kilmartin; questions of confidentiality involving the development of former I-195 land; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32573 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Hodgson on the Fox Probe, His Run for AG, I-195 Confidentiality & More Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-reis-arming-uri-police-block-vs-fung-and-his-run-against-langevin <p></p><p>Second Congressional District Republican Rhue Reis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin; arming URI police; the intensifying GOP gubernatorial primary between Ken Block and Allan Fung; and the outlook on litigating the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32208 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/taft-carter-rejects-state-motion-dismiss-pension-lawsuit <p>Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s pension system.</p><p></p><p>In her ruling, Taft-Carter found that there is “an implied in-fact contract” between the state and the public employees challenging the pension overhaul.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:35:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 32143 at http://ripr.org Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September http://ripr.org/post/mediation-over-pension-dispute-headed-trial-september <p></p><p>Rhode Island's multi-billion dollar pension dispute appears headed to a September 15 trial date in Superior Court after a breakdown in attempts to resolve the conflict through mediation.</p><p>Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:01:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 31919 at http://ripr.org Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-doubt-now-taft-carter-orders-both-sides-back-mediation <p>In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.</p><p>As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:53:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 31648 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation Votes Tallied, Both Sides Back in Pension Settlement Mediation http://ripr.org/post/votes-tallied-both-sides-back-pension-settlement-mediation <p>Thousands of public employees and retirees who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the state’s pension overhaul have voted to approve changes made in mediation. Of the 23,624 individuals eligible to cast a ballot, roughly 70 percent did not vote against it.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The settlement agreement stated that if one of the six plaintiffs groups rejected the deal by more than half, then the settlement process ends. One group, police, rejected the deal by 61 percent. But spokesman for the plaintiffs’ Ray Sullivan, said this will not halt the process.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:36:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 31647 at http://ripr.org Votes Tallied, Both Sides Back in Pension Settlement Mediation Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-when-will-debate-over-public-pensions-end <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst&nbsp;Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p></p><p>You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31638 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? Votes On Proposed State Pension Settlement Due Thursday http://ripr.org/post/votes-proposed-state-pension-settlement-due-thursday <p>Ballots are due Thursday in the first round of voting on the proposed state pension settlement. But it’s not clear when the results will become available.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:55:54 +0000 Ian Donnis 31475 at http://ripr.org Votes On Proposed State Pension Settlement Due Thursday April 3 Deadline Slated in First Vote on Proposed RI Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/april-3-deadline-slated-first-vote-proposed-ri-pension-settlement <p>Ballots have been mailed to union members and retirees who are eligible to participate in the first round of voting on the proposed pension settlement that was unveiled February 14, according to Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for the plaintiffs' coalition the case. The deadline for returning the ballots is April 3.</p><p>Sullivan says a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope has been provided with the ballot. He says the ballots will tabulated by ProMail, which he says is an independently administered firm.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:35:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 30587 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Wall Street, Hedge Funds, Transparency, Inequality & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-raimondo-wall-street-hedge-funds-transparency-inequality-more <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30411 at http://ripr.org