RI attorney general wants judge to dismiss lawsuit over lifetime contracts

Providence Journal: Rhode Island’s attorney general is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by 16 cities and towns to block what, in their words, is the “financially irresponsible lifetime contracts law″ that Gov. Gina Raimondo signed at the behest of the state’s public employee unions last spring.

In the lawsuit they filed last November, the mayors and town managers contend the new law extending union contracts indefinitely after they have expired violates both the contracts clause and Home Rule provision of the state Constitution, which grants cities and towns the authority to decide local matters.

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