How Do You “Mediate” A State Law?
… that, slightly rephrased, was the reaction via Twitter last night of John Ward to the news that
Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Tuesday ordered the state and the coalition of public employee unions challenging the General Assembly’s overhaul of their retirement system to meet with federal mediators and see if a settlement can be reached before the case moves to trial.
In the above ProJo article, reporter Tom Mooney also alludes to Ward’s important point, albeit in a somewhat understated manner.
What’s in dispute is the constitutionality of a law, a question usually left to a judge to decide.
Also on Twitter:
> Anchor Rising’s Andrew Morse spotted the larger, potential silver lining of such an approach.
If I don’t like how a law impacts me, can I also get a judge to order Federal mediators to negotiate changing it?
> Justin Katz points to what is undoubtedly a complete side issue to the ruling.
So an RI judge w/ 3 living family generations in the state pension system gave unions another bite at the apple to undo reform? Surprising!
> And Jason Becker goes to the root of the lawsuit, if not the ruling.
I’m just, surprised no one seems to talk about the fact that this isn’t about process as much as increasing benefits again.
Indeed – increasing the benefits from pension reform that was wholly inadequate to begin with, in large part because the original pensions were exceedingly, patently unaffordable to begin with.