PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of Rhode Island firefighters and other public workers lined Statehouse hallways Tuesday as state leaders unveiled an ambitious and politically charged proposal to overhaul the state’s hemorrhaging retirement system.

In an address to the General Assembly Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Gina Raimondo called for a new approach that would raise retirement ages, halt automatic cost-of-living pension increases and create a hybrid retirement system that combines traditional pensions with 401(k)-style accounts.

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