BRADENTON, Fla. — A ruling by the Florida Supreme Court upholding the state’s pension reform measures is a positive credit factor, Standard & Poor’s said Friday.

Thursday’s ruling overturned a lower court opinion that said the Legislature’s July 2011 plan requiring employees participating in the state retirement system to contribute 3% of their salaries toward pensions was unconstitutional because it impaired the contractual rights of the employees. The lower court also tossed out cost-of-living adjustments for those receiving pensions.

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