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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments over legislative action in recent years to end some pension benefit increases for state and local government employees.

At issue are two actions taken by lawmakers. In 2007, the Legislature repealed pension “gain-sharing” that benefited retirees when the markets were doing well. Then in 2011, lawmakers ended cost-of-living increases for pensions for public employees enrolled in two older pension plans. Lawsuits were filed by various unions and others opposed to the changes, including the Washington Federation of State Employees.

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