Gov. Rick Scott has more tough words for Citizens Property Insurance, after the company continued to make the argument that their executives and employees are underpaid and deserving of huge raises paid out last year.
Here’s the latest statement from Scott, released Friday:
“Citizens’ claims that they need to pay their executives more because of their history of controversy is simply ridiculous. A few weeks ago, I asked Citizens to give back outrageous pay raises they doled out to their executives last year. I also said that Citizens needs to have per diems that match other state employees and they should not be reimbursed for alcohol. Citizens needs immediate reform and that is why I called for the creation of an Inspector General. They must be responsible stewards of the taxpayer funds that back them.”
The board at Citizens met Friday and some board members were none-too-happy with new austerity measures put into place after Scott’s Inspector General questioned how employees were spending money on luxurious business travel and gourmet meals. Board members said calls for lower spending and salaries were driven by political interests and media coverage.
The board did not move to reverse the salary hikes, as Scott requested, and complained about new caps on spending for meals that bring Citizens in line with state law governing state workers.
Our blog post on that meeting is below: