Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter signed off on a pension overhaul agreement between Providence and its police officers, firefighters and retirees that Mayor Angel Taveras said possibly saved the capital city from filing for bankruptcy.

Taft-Carter, who called the agreement "a laudable example" for other cities and towns, entered consent judgments on April 12 finalizing changes that cap all pensions at either 150% of the state median income or less than the salary of the current employee in the position.

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