Bailout Exec Pay Limits NYT Sept23_08

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New York Times In Bailout Furor, Wall Street Pay Becomes a Target: Congress wants Wall Street to feel it where it hurts: the wallet. By STEVE LOHR Published: September 23, 2008 The stratospheric pay packages of Wall Street executives have become a lightning rod issue as Congress shapes a $700 billion bailout for financial firms. Proposals circulating on Capitol Hill vary, but they all would impose some limits or approval authority on salaries of executives whose firms seek help. The moves in Washington mirror the popular outcry — in constituent e-mail messages and postings in the blogosphere — over the prospect of Wall Street’s tarnished titans walking away with tens of millions of dollars a year while taxpayers pick up the bill. But Wall Street, its lobbyists and trade groups are waging a feverish lobbying campaign to try to fight compensation curbs. Pay restrictions, they say, would sap incentives to hard work and innovation, and hurt the financial sector and the American economy. “We support the bill, but we are opposed to provisions on executive pay ,” said Scott Talbott, senior vice president for government affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade group. “It is not appropriate for government to be setting the salaries of executives.” Yet some formal restraint on executive pay seems unavoidable, even sensible, some finance experts and economists said. Arthur Levitt Jr.
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