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SANTA FE -- The 1.5 percent cut in public employee take home pay isn't sitting well with many of those affected.
In this year's regular session of the Legislature, a bill was passed and signed to reduce the government's contribution to public employee retirement systems and transfer that to employees.
One retirement system covers all state and local employees and another covers employees of public schools, colleges and universities. Unions representing a large portion of employees in both those systems have filed suit to block that transfer.
The first pay day of this fiscal year already has passed for employees of the state with no action by the state district court to enjoin the state from making the transfer. That would require a preliminary injunction until the case can be heard.
It is likely the court will want to carefully consider arguments in the case before it even makes a temporary decision. The case seems complicated, involving many public bodies and constitutional issues.
The unions allege the state is constitutionally prohibited from using funds for any purpose other than for what the retirement law designates, such as the purpose of budget balancing.
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