Thursday, November 17, 2011 was a historic day for RI. Democratic legislators stood together, guided by a courageous leadership team, and pushed through sweeping pension reform legislation that was absolutely needed to preserve the system for future retirees. Fears that last-minute amendments and back room deals would delay action and perhaps scuttle the Raimondo-Chafee reform package proved unfounded. Even legislators with strong ties to labor voted to approve the bill. It’s such a positive step - those of us who pushed to see this day happen woke up this morning wondering if it was just a dream from last night.
Yes, there will be a legal challenge but the state has a very strong case to make in court and should prevail.
It’s morning in RI – the start of a new era.