Rhode Island's capital city had, it would seem, only the best intentions in promising its firefighters and police a healthy pension plan with generous cost-of-living increases.

But as a recent Reuters report discusses, those who were gifted with pensions that multiplied with annual six-percent COL boosts, are now seeing their benefits modified or dropped as the state becomes less and less able to pay its bills and tries to contend with a billion-dollar deficit.

As an example, former fire chief Gilbert McLaughlin, now 75, makes $196,813 a year as part of his pension; under the initial payment plan, he could have been making as much as $700,000 a year if he'd lived to 100, with his payouts doubling every 12 years.

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