SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Now that Oregon lawmakers have voted to cut retirement benefits for government workers, the battle moves from the Capitol to the courthouse.

A coalition of pensioners and public-employee unions already filed a lawsuit against pension cuts enacted earlier this year and plans to challenge the steeper cuts approved in a special session Wednesday.

The stakes are high for the state and local governments that fought for pension cuts to avoid steep increases in their contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System. If the cuts are struck down, they'll likely face pension costs that are even higher than they would have been had no cuts been enacted.

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