Arizona high court to rule on judges' pensions

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule on whether it is legal for the Legislature to change cost-of-living increases promised to state retirees.

The ruling set to be released Thursday morning comes in a case brought after the Legislature cut the increases in 2011 for retirees in the state plan for judges and elected officials.

A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the retired judges who sued in June 2012 but the state appealed. The Supreme Court heard the case more than eight months ago.

The Legislature cut the cost-of-living increases after the judges' retirement system lost money in the Great Recession and became badly underfunded. The judges argued the increases were promised as part of a contract and lower courts have so far agreed.

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