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Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo have reached an agreement with representatives of government workers and retirees to soften the effects of the 2011 state pension overhaul, they announced Friday. more
An assessment of the 38 Studios LLC moral obligation bond debt service conducted by SJ Advisors concluded that failure to repay the bonds would probably result in a downgrade of Rhode Island’s bond rating to “junk bond” status. more
An auction of the rights to the 38 Studios video game under development when the company declared bankruptcy, codenamed “Project Copernicus,” has been scheduled for mid-November. more
(Updated, 5:30 p.m.) Fifty retired state employees and public school teachers have filed a lawsuit against the state of Rhode Island, objecting to their inclusion in the proposed class-action settlement of the state pension reform lawsuits. more
Moody’s Investors Service issued a warning on April 17 regarding Rhode Island’s failure to reach a settlement with public employee unions over the state’s pension lawsuit, which will go trial on Sept. 15 following the breakdown in renewed mediation talks earlier this month. more
(Updated, 3:19 p.m.) Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee on Tuesday issued a statement defending the need for Rhode Island to repay the 38 Studios moral obligation bonds and criticizing gubernatorial candidates Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung and Ken Block, who have voiced opposition to repayment. more
Fitch Ratings affirmed its “AA” rating and stable outlook on Rhode Island in light of last week’s announcement that a settlement reached between the state and public employee unions on pension reform would increase Rhode Island’s unfunded pension liability by $232 million. more
A Dec. 10 auction of 38 Studios’ intellectual property assets grossed $320,000, but no “acceptable offers” were made for the 38 Studios video game under development when the company declared bankruptcy, codenamed “Copernicus,” according to a statement from 38 Studios receiver Richard J. Land. more
Citing “strong response from worldwide gaming developers and investors,” Heritage Global Partners announced Wednesday that the auction of 38 Studios’ intellectual property assets originally scheduled for Nov. 13-14 has been postponed until Dec. 11. more
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