Virginia http://ripr.org en Conservative Group Praises Rhode Island's Pension Overhaul http://ripr.org/post/conservative-group-praises-rhode-islands-pension-overhaul <p>A conservative group is praising Rhode Island for overhauling its state pension plan in 2011. The changes made to the plan remain the subject of a lawsuit in Superior Court.</p><p></p><p>In a new report, the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, praises Rhode Island for making significant changes to reduce its long-term pension obligations. The Virginia-based group calls the changes a contrast from states that hold hearings and organize study groups without taking action.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:52:36 +0000 Ian Donnis 20043 at http://ripr.org Conservative Group Praises Rhode Island's Pension Overhaul How R.I. and Virginia flipped on the defense sequester http://ripr.org/post/how-ri-and-virginia-flipped-defense-sequester <p>The federal spending sequester has been little more than an inconvenience for most Americans, especially in states that do not have a plethora of defense spending. &nbsp;As it turns out, the fortunes of Virginia and Rhode Island have been flipped due to changes in the economics of military-industrial complex spending.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:45:02 +0000 Scott MacKay 18197 at http://ripr.org