The 6-1 decision said the pension protection clause overrode the state’s argument that its police powers, applied to dealing with the state’s budget crisis, justified a recalculation of what retirees must pay for their health benefits.
Full text of decision linked here.
Comment: Especially terffying because, while the court’s rationale applies to pensions, it was actually about health care, which was commonly thought not be be covered by the constitutional prohibition of pension benefit reductions. Healthcare for state retirees alone is another $50 billion -plus liability, entirely unfunded.
Still, this should be no surprise. The judges and the lawyer representing taxpayers, Lisa Madigan, are all pensioners and mostly Cook County political hacks, whose elections were largely funded by unions.