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FPL goes to court to keep salaries secret

by Dara Kam | September 21st, 2009

Florida Power & Light Co. appealed in state court today to keep the salaries of employees earning more than $165,000 a year confidential.

The Public Service Commission ordered the Juno Beach-based utility to provide the compensation information as part of its proposed $1.3 billion rate hike. FPL gave the regulatory panel the data but asked that it be kept secret. The PSC ruled that it should be available for anyone to see.

“The Commission has historically had no problem exercising its responsibilities without publicly releasing specific salary data for individual employees so the only reason for this information to be publicly disclosed now is to distract from the important issues in the case that matter to our customers,” FPL spokesman Mayco Villafana said in a statement released late this evening.

The appeal was filed on behalf of 15 FPL employees at the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. Barry Richard and former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur England represent the workers.

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8 Responses to “FPL goes to court to keep salaries secret”

  1. F Whitlock Says:

    It’s about time someone took notice of the salaries paid to FPL personnel. With the President/CEO and his assistant
    each earning about $15,000.000.00 per yr
    it’s not hard to imagine the pay rates going further down the line. And……
    now…. just think of the money that will be spent by FPL fighting the request for disclosure. All we consumers have to worry about now is how
    the powers that be will find a way to have us pay for all of this.

  2. Tony T. Says:

    If F P & L has to work that hard to hide their salaries they must be through the roof. Nice to know are rate increases go to make these people some of the highest paid in the state in not the entire southest. Guess you can’t fly these kind of people on commercial jets therefore the need for the millions spent on private jets.

  3. Bryan Says:

    “The Commission has historically had no problem exercising its responsibilities without publicly releasing specific salary data for individual employees so the only reason for this information to be publicly disclosed now is to distract from the important issues in the case that matter to our customers,”

    Seems like what matters in the case to their customers is just how much the executives are receiving by way of compensation.

  4. Concerned Citizen Says:

    You can View all the salaries and Bonuses here,
    Accessible on the Internet.

    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/people.asp?ric=FPL

  5. Mr. Bojangles Says:

    We need to cap salaries of public works/other public facilities instead of allowing them to push our rates higher and higher.

  6. Gone fishing Says:

    Thank you for the taxpayer funded fishing expedition that now has to go to court. This is such a waste of time.

  7. S. Kern Says:

    You really have to give this utility credit for having the audacity to ask for $1.3 billion dollars and refusing to justify why…They are without question one of the most arrogantly run businesses I’ve ever seen…To the PSC, forget the salaries, they are outrageous and everyone knows it..Simply tell them no increase…Keep your payroll secret and your rates will remain the same…You have to treat them like a pack of spoiled brats because that’s exactly how they act…Be the parent…Grow some stones and tell them NO!

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