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RI Statewide Coalition focuses attention on locally administered pensions

October 13, 2011

The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition is calling on two public officials — state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed — to include municipal pensions in the plan due for unveiling early next week.

Conspicuously absent from this appeal are Governor Chafee and House Speaker Gordon Fox. In its “Urgent Pension Alert,” RISC asks Rhode Islanders to place two phone calls Friday, one to Raimondo, and one to Paiva Weed.

This is a critical decision point in the Senate President’s office: Whether the Legislature will consider the very important municipal pension problem in the special session, as well as the state-level crisis.  Both are critical to you, the taxpayer.

Ask that the Senate President and the Treasurer address and fix the municipal pension problems during the special session along with the state pensions.  We cannot afford to ignore the municipal pension issue – it needs to be fixed via legislative action as well. 

Chafee recently noted his insistence that locally administered pensions be included in the overhaul plan. And Fox, as a Providence representative, has a pretty good appreciation of what the issue means for the capital city.

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