State Rep. Franklin Sands: FPL rate hikes being monitored

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Florida House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands (D-Weston) issued the following statement:

“I am closely monitoring recent news coverage concerning Florida Power & Light Company. I remain deeply and seriously concerned about the significant, if not excessive, rate hikes being sought by FPL.

“Florida Power & Light Co. is a stable utility provider and an important component of our business community. But I’m disappointed that FPL is seeking a major rate hike at the wrong time for Floridians. Because of high unemployment, record levels of home foreclosures, and unemployment compensation drying up for many out-of-work Floridians, this a horribly bad time to for families and small businesses to contend with even more exorbitant utility costs.

“Meanwhile, I am aware that news reports suggest that a questionably cozy relationship exists between the Public Service commission and regulated utilities. I have stated publicly on several occasions that state legislators deserve a full and public explanation of how rate hikes are reviewed and approved. Similarly, the public deserves a high level of confidence that any increases in their utility costs are legally justified and well deserved.”

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One response to “State Rep. Franklin Sands: FPL rate hikes being monitored

  1. An interesting take on the Florida unemployment meltdown:
    here is a map of Florida Unemployment in July 2009 (BLS data)
    http://www.localetrends.com/st/fl_florida_unemployment.php?MAP_TYPE=curr_ue

    versus Florida Unemployment Levels 1 year ago
    http://www.localetrends.com/st/fl_florida_unemployment.php?MAP_TYPE=m12_ue

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