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RI Supreme Court Decides Not to Delay April 20 Start for Pension Trial

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The high-stakes legal battle over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system will continue as scheduled on April 20. The Rhode Island Supreme...

The high-stakes legal battle over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system will continue as scheduled on April 20. The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by both sides to delay the trial.

Both sides argued more time was needed to prepare for the trial. But the court was unmoved by those arguments.

"The motions for a stay of the order of the trial justice are denied as moot," the court wrote in its ruling.

Jury selection in the case is expected to start April 20.

The 2011 pension overhaul -- spearheaded by Gina Raimondo, now the state's governor -- cut billions of dollars from the state's long-term pension liability.

Public-employee unions sued in response, saying it was unconstitutional to cut benefits already promised to workers.

RI Supreme Court Decides Not to Delay April 20 Start for Pension Trial
RI Supreme Court Decides Not to Delay April 20 Start for Pension Trial