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Enterprise Florida Board Approves CEO's Bonus

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's top official in charge of bringing businesses to the state is getting a $70,000 bonus.

The board of Enterprise Florida -- which includes Gov. Rick Scott -- voted Thursday to grant the bonus to president and CEO Gray Swoope. The board also signed off on more than $630,000 in bonuses for other agency employees.

Swoope receives a base pay of $230,000 annually that comes from state taxpayers. The bonus comes from private contributions, but some groups are questioning whether the bonuses should be handed out.

Scott and other officials did not debate the bonus before approving it.

But Alan Becker, a South Florida attorney in charge of the Enterprise Florida finance committee, pointed out that Swoope was getting paid less than some local economic development officials.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The board of the public-private organization charged with luring businesses to Florida is set to vote on whether to award a $70,000 bonus to its top official.

The board of Enterprise Florida will consider Thursday whether to award the bonus to president and CEO Gray Swoope. The board includes Gov. Rick Scott and will also consider more than $630,000 in bonuses for other agency employees.

Swoope receives a base pay of $230,000 annually. The bonus comes from private contributions, but some groups are questioning whether the bonuses should be handed out.

One key complaint: Enterprise Florida is supposed to be partnership between private and public money, but taxpayers actually pick up more than three-quarters of the cost of running it.


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