State Senate Bill Would Limit CSU Raises
In July 2011, California State University trustees announced they were hiking tuition at state schools by 12 percent. That same day, the trustees announced they were also upping the salary for incoming SDSU president Elliot Hirshman by $100,000 compared to previous campus president, Stephen L. Weber.
In response, State Senator Ted Lieu proposed a bill that would limit pay raises for California State University presidents, require trustees be more open when doling out raises, and give priority to those administrators already in the CSU system.
The representative from Long Beach announced his amendment to Senate Bill 755 on January 4.
“CSU trustees should not be spending limited state resources granting $100,000 raises for executive positions,” stated Lieu. “We must limit salaries to a reasonable level that is consistent with California's and CSU's fiscal conditions.”
Specifically, Lieu's amendment states that CSU campus presidents should not earn more than 150 percent than California's top judge takes home, which is $228,856 a year. Instead, Lieu wants to cap salaries for campus presidents at $343,269. In addition, Lieu's amendment includes a provision that prohibits state trustees from raising salaries within three years of any tuition hikes.
A legislative committee will review the bill in the next week.
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