New Port Richey, FL -- Less than three days after being elected to office, Amanda Murphy is calling for a repeal of the state's nuclear cost recovery tax.
The new state Representative says it's the only way to prevent Duke Energy ratepayers from having to pay up to $3.2 billion for a now closed power plant, and another that won't be built.
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A settlement letting Duke Energy collect the money was approved on Thursday by state regulators.
"It is outrageous that the Public Service Commission would agree that ratepayers should be held responsible for another $3.2 billion in fees for a power plant that will never be built," the Democrat said in a release.
"There is no question that the Florida Legislature must act now and repeal the irresponsible nuclear cost fee."
On Tuesday voters in District 36, which covers western Pasco County, elected Murphy to replace Mike Fasano. Fasano, a Republican, was recently appointed Pasco County's new tax collector.
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