this week’s poll

Should the state negotiate a new pension agreement with state workers, as Gov. Chafee suggests?

Yes, since it will avoid an expensive court challenge 18% | 32 votes
No, the deal is too important as is, and the change process was lengthy and transparent 81% | 145 votes
I don't know 1% | 1 vote
Posted 12/9/12

Last week, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said that he would consider negotiation with state employee unions over the pension overhaul that was passed late last year by the General Assembly to avoid a costly legal battle as a suit filed by the unions and some retirees begins in state court.

General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo responded by saying that the state should let the courts proceed, given that the overhaul was done after a lengthy and public process, and thus had input from all relevant stakeholders.

Is the governor’s plan a prudent one, given that the overhaul could be overturned by the court? Or is the possibility too great that a negotiated settlement will undermine the reforms that set the state worker pension system on more stable financial ground?

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