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On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting to reject the deal.

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Pension Overhaul
9:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

What The Rejection Of The Public Pension Settlement Means For The State

After an initial rejection of a proposed settlement over public pensions, a judge has ordered parties back into mediation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A judge has ordered the parties in a lawsuit over Rhode Island's pension overhaul back to the mediation table, after police voted to reject a proposed settlement. Many teachers, firefighters, state workers and retirees voted to accept the deal, which was reached after more than a year of negotiation.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott Mackay to figure out what the rejection means, and where the pension settlement can go from here.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

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.

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.

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RI News
12:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Votes Tallied, Both Sides Back in Pension Settlement Mediation

Both sides in the lawsuit over the state's pension overhaul were ordered to return to mediation on Monday.
Credit file / RIPR

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. 

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.

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On Politics
2:35 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

April 3 Deadline Slated in First Vote on Proposed RI Pension Settlement

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.

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
7:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get snapping.

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RI News
3:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan

State treasurer Gina Raimondo and Retirement Board member Michael Robinson announce the 6-1 vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.

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On Politics
11:59 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Pension Settlement Appears Back on Track

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo during a 2011 pension meeting with state lawmakers
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Update: It looks like a settlement is back on; the federal mediation service plans to hold a news conference at 4:15 pm Friday.

A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached.

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On Politics
3:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Fung Calls For Immediate Release of Details on Pension Settlement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is calling for the immediate release of details about a settlement of the state pension dispute.

The federal mediation service that oversaw more than a year of closed-door talks plans to unveil the details during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement, Fung say it’s past time to let local officials on what was discussed during months of closed-door talks.

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