PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Local officials are criticizing the closed-door talks that yielded a proposed settlement in the legal challenge to Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul.

Several mayors questioned the deal Tuesday during a meeting with Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

The proposal announced would roll back parts of the law to resolve legal challenges filed by unions and public retirees. To pay for the settlement cities would have to set aside another $11 million for pensions beginning late next year.

Chafee says the settlement is a good compromise because cities will get to keep most of the savings from the 2011 law.

But Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena says mayors were left out of settlement talks and that cities will struggle to absorb higher pension costs.

The deal must be approved by unions and state lawmakers.

 

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