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RI lawmakers express confusion on pension deal

RI lawmakers express confusion on pension deal

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Several lawmakers are expressing surprise or confusion after a planned announcement of a deal to settle a lawsuit over the state's pension overhaul was canceled and a trial date set.

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says a secret mediation continues. She wouldn't comment on what derailed Wednesday's announcement.

Public-sector unions and retirees are suing to block the overhaul, designed the save taxpayers billions.

The General Assembly must approve any deal.

Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said at an event Wednesday they don't know if settlement talks have broken down. Fox said he "could speculate all day" about what happened, and says it's not uncommon for settlements to take a while.

Republican lawmakers called the process "bizarre" and "confusing."

 

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