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Troxler: 'The Florida Legislature doesn't care what anybody thinks'

Howard Troxler: The purge is complete. Four of the five members of our state Public Service Commission who voted against raising electric rates in January have now been canned by the Legislature.

Such a housecleaning is unprecedented in the three decades since the PSC switched from an elected body. It is proof of two things:

(1) The Florida Legislature absolutely does not care or fear what anybody thinks.

(2) The electric industry, and in particular Florida Power & Light of Miami, is able to take out any commissioner that it chooses.

To quote Michael Corleone in Godfather II: "If history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anybody." I even admit a certain admiration for FP&L and its alter-ego henchman, Associated Industries of Florida.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:46am]

    

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