State officials want to delay until next January the legal fight seeking to overturn the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system.
In a court filing, lawyers representing the state say additional time is necessary to complete disovery in the pension case, take and defend depositions, prepare motions, and get ready for trial.
A series of public employee unions went to court to challenge the 2011 pension overhaul that cut benefits, suspended cost of living increases, and moved some public employees into a 401k-style retirement plan.
In calling for a delay, the state’s lawyers say the outcome of the pension case is important for all Rhode Islanders. That’s an understatement since billions of dollars in pension savings are on the line. Governor Gina Raimondo has said she still hopes to settle the pension dispute out of court.