The Denver Post reports that a group of retirees sued, alleging the state had abrogated a contract by lowering the inflationary increases.
However, District Judge Robert Hyatt disagreed. “While plaintiffs unarguably have a contractual right to their PERA pension itself,” Hyatt wrote, according to the Post, “they do not have a contractual right to the specific COLA formula in place at their respective retirement, for life without change.”
The news report said lawmakers passed a bill that sought to address the long-term financial solvency of PERA, in part by capping annual cost-of-living increases that had been at as much as 3.5% to 2%.PERA covers more than 400,000 public employees ranging from teachers to state troopers.
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