RI Supreme Court denies expedited appeal in Providence Medicare case
In a decision issued this afternoon, the Rhode Island Supreme Court denied the City of Providence’s request for an expedited appeal of a lower court decision blocking the city’s move of public-safety retirees to Medicare.
The high court notes that a hearing on the merits of the case is set to begin before the trial justice on May 21. The trial is expected to last no more than 2 weeks, and a decision is expected by June 30, according to the decision.
From the opinion:
[W]e are constrained to observe that this case involves significant legal issues, the judicious determination of which is of the utmost importance both to the parties and to the public. Therefore, in view of the accelerated nature of the trial court proceedings and the statutory precedence already provided to matters of this nature, we see no need to engage in a precipitate consideration of issues which are best resolved with the aid of a more complete record.
Meanwhile, the challenge for Mayor Angel Taveras and his administration in closing a $22.5 million budget hole before June just got harder. The savings of moving the public-safety retirees into Medicare has been put at between $6 million and $8 million.