Providence - Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island and its retirement system have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by public-sector unions over the state's pension overhaul.
The state's lawyer told Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Friday that unions haven't made their case and that retirement benefits set through state law don't constitute a contract.
Union lawyers argued that the state violated workers' contracts when lawmakers voted last year to cut benefits.
The hearing was the highest profile one yet in a closely watched legal dispute over the pension law.
State leaders insist that without the changes, pension costs will eventually swamp state finances. Nationally, states confront more than a trillion dollars of unfunded pension promises.
- Associated Press