HELENA — The Montana Public Service Commission is considering repealing a requirement the regulatory agency disclose how much utilities pay their top three executives.

Commissioners are scheduled to hear a repeal notice of the rule Tuesday with a final vote to be held at a later date.

The PSC instituted the rule in 2010, with commissioners at the time saying it meant more economic transparency for the companies that the agency regulates in Montana.

It says the total compensation of the three highest-paid, Montana-based utility employees cannot be treated as confidential information.

Some utilities have resisted the rule, saying the salary information is private. Mountain Water Co. of Missoula has sued the PSC and last year refused to provide the commission with the employee salary information the agency requests each year.

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Utilities consider he exorbitant salaries they pay executives as competitive. Unfortunately, they also realize to the average rate payer sees those competitive salaries...hmmmm..as gouging the public. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle but the fact is it makes for a tougher sell when requesting a rate increase. Will be interesting to see what the all Republican PSC does with this hot potato and how long they last on the board if they make the wrong choice.

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