PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island and its pension system have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit by public-sector unions over the state's landmark pension overhaul.
Union lawyers told Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Friday that the state's pension reform clearly violates their implied contracts with the state.
State lawyers said pension benefits set through state law do not constitute a contract. The hearing is the highest profile one yet in the legal dispute over the year-old pension law. State leaders insist that without the changes, pension costs will eventually swamp state finances. The litigation could have far-reaching implications. Collectively, states face a $1.4 trillion gap between what they've promised workers and what they've set aside for pensions.
The judge did not say when she'll rule.