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RI court to hear arguments in pension case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island are set to argue that a legal challenge to the state’s landmark pension overhaul should be dismissed.

Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is scheduled to hear from both sides of the dispute Friday morning in a Providence courtroom.

Public-sector unions are seeking to overturn the 2011 pension law, which raised retirement ages, suspended pension increases and altered benefits for thousands of active and retired government workers and teachers.

The unions argue the changes were unfair and unconstitutional.

State leaders like Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the changes were needed to prevent escalating pension costs from destabilizing state finances.

Taft-Carter will also consider whether to allow high-profile New York attorney David Boies to join the legal team defending the law.

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