Councilmen Against It After They Were For It
According to multiple reports today, two Providence Councilors, John Igliozzi and Terry Hassett now are seeking to amend the ordinance that the City Council just voted on a few days ago, to now lessen the cuts by $3-4 million.
From the RINPR blog:
“I am acting in what I believe to be a much fairer manner in order to provide enhanced security for retirees while continuing to improve and stabilize the entire pension system,” Igliozzi said.
Ok, that’s all well and good, but what’s changed since Monday night? Why have these two councilors had a change of heart? Maybe they didn’t have enough time to think the ordinance through before they voted on it? Well, that certainly wouldn’t be true for one as Ted Nesi tweeted today:
It gets better: Hassett is on the council committee that unanimously OK’d the pension changes first. Did he vote for the bill *three* times?
So Hassett voted for this in his committee, then voted for it with the full Council and now he has reservations?
The only answer I can find about why the change is from Ian Donnis:
Igliozzi and Hassett say they’ve reflected on their pension overhaul vote on Monday, regret it, and don’t want to abandon hard-working police and firefighters. That’s about as detailed as they’re getting in explaining why they no longer support something that they did three days ago. Igliozzi told me:
“Regret is abundant. It’s clear that what we might have thought was good is not turning out to be what it should be. It was too draconian.”
If the COLA freeze wasn’t enough to fully save Providence, and now these Councilors want to move the needle backwards by $3-4 million, where will that get made up?
It may not be a problem, as Mayor Angel Taveras has vowed to veto the amendment.
I’m sure there’s much more to come.