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State Senate OKs moratorium on university executive pay raises

May 21, 2012 |  2:52 pm

Executives at California State University campuses would be prohibited from getting public pay increases during the next two years and then limited to 10% raises during the next four years under legislation approved Monday by the state Senate.

Senators voted 36 to 1 to approve the restrictions amid public outrage over large pay hikes for university administrators at the same time the system has raised student fees.

"It is simply wrong to give large pay increases" to CSU executives "when student fees are increasing dramatically," said Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), who wrote SB 952. She introduced the measure after the CSU board raised student fees by 12% while approving a $400,000 pay package for the president of the San Diego campus.

The bill would apply to those who now receive a salary of more than $200,000 in public funds, but it does not prohibit raises provided with private funds raised by foundations.

Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) voted for the bill, saying it was  a "sad day when the Legislature has to put these caps in place."

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) cast the lone vote against the bill, arguing it is not tough enough because the moratorium is limited to two years and it allows raises if the money comes from private foundations.


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