Subject: s7-07-13 comments
From: Pete Wilson

March 3, 2017

Transparency should at least be an aspiration, please allow free transfer of legitimate requests for information pertaining to the levels of recompense in our society.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has long delayed the Dodd-Frank law’s requirement that public companies disclose the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the pay of their median worker. It would be outrageous to further delay or reverse progress on that rule now.

Americans need and deserve more information about corporate pay practices. Such data helps shareholders guard their pocketbooks against self-seeking executives and it helps us all evaluate the long-term soundness of companies. That’s because excessive compensation at the top encourages risky practices up and down the line—in addition to inhibiting teamwork and reducing employee morale and productivity.

There is simply no excuse to give big corporations a pass about being transparent about their pay practices.

Pete Wilson