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?