As a retired teacher, and a purported beneficiary of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s much-touted pension reform, I feel a sense of ambivalence about the $10.8 million and $35.4 million wage hikes given to state workers for this year and the fiscal year starting July 1. Does the upcoming election have little or much to do with these raises? Let the reader decide!
However, I experience no ambivalence regarding one of Governor Raimondo’s primary opponents, Matt Brown, who has proposed restoring to retirees the benefits we lost under Raimondo’s “pension reform," which she got through the legislature using dubious financial projections and facts.
Another of Raimondo's primary opponents, Spencer Dickinson, is planning to elucidate more on these dubious financial projections, the unfairness and utter lack of transparency.
Current state General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has already repudiated most of the “pension reforms” made by then-Treasurer Raimondo. Chickens do have a way of coming home to roost.