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Retired Employees Ask Judge to Block Pension Cuts
The retirees say the move is an unconstitutional reduction of their benefits
HELENA – Retired state and local government employees are asking a Montana judge to block reductions to the annual cost-of-living raises in their pensions.

A pension overhaul measure passed by the Legislature this year cut retired public employees' annual inflationary increases from 3 percent to 1.5 percent. An additional trigger lowers that to 1 percent on Jan. 1.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that attorneys for the retirees appeared Thursday to request a preliminary injunction from District Judge James Reynolds.

The retirees say the move is an unconstitutional reduction of their benefits.

Assistant Attorney General Mike Black says the Legislature has the right to reduce cost-of-living increases when necessary.

Retired teachers have filed a separate lawsuit against similar reductions to their pension increases.

District Judge Mike Menahan has not yet ruled in that case.
On 12-13-13, hotfishmt commented....
Retired at what age ????? Too many public employees are taking retirement after 20 years of work….and then take another job. The jobs in real work world outside of Government rarely get to retire after 20 years. Hence the BIG BATTLE many towns & states have…
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