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What do you think of the court-ordered mediation over the state pension reform lawsuit?

It could put the state back in dire straits 65% | 67 votes
It is the best way to keep pension reform in place 14% | 14 votes
It could fix an illegal change to workers' benefits 17% | 17 votes
I don't know 5% | 5 votes
Posted 11/3/13

News broke last week that lawyers engaged in mediation over the lawsuit filed by unions challenging the landmark 2011 pension reform legislation briefed R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter for the ninth time.

Taft-Carter had ordered the talks – to be directed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – as a way to avoid the case coming to trial. While Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and to a lesser degree General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo have signed on to the concept of avoiding a potentially negative outcome at trial, many of those behind the reform, including members of the General Assembly, have said that only the legislature can alter the terms of the agreement, and there seems to be little appetite to attack the problem again.

What do you think the upshot of the talks will be, if anything at all?

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Any further "talks" are pointless. These pension deals were made during a different economy, which was presumed to alway continue to grow. Rhode Island's economy is at its lowest and shows no sign of improvement. It is impossible to continue these large pensions, given the dwindling working contributors.

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