CHICAGO — Attorneys for state retirees in Colorado and Minnesota are weighing whether to appeal court decisions last week dismissing litigation that challenged legislative cuts to pension cost-of-living hikes but fear that such rulings will “embolden” other cash-strapped states eying ways to ease pension costs.

Judges in both states issued separate rulings on the same day tossing the cases on summary judgment. Retirees in both states filed lawsuits last year challenging the enactment of legislation limiting the inflation adjustments to their base pension payments.

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