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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
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
The pension fund for the state of Rhode Island earned 11.1 percent during the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year, a 9.7 percentage point improvement over the 1.4 percent rise during the 2011 – 2012 fiscal year, R.I. General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo announced, and WPRI.com reported, Wednesday. more
A report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council highlights Rhode Island and three other states as models of effective pension reform. more
A Rhode Island House committee will open hearings Wednesday afternoon into the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, WPRO reported. more
A superior court judge Wednesday allowed the bulk of Rhode Island’s lawsuit against the architects of the 38 Studios LLC loan deal to proceed, dismissing only a few portions of the complaint. more
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