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March 30, 2012 > Corbett questions CSU pay hikes

Corbett questions CSU pay hikes

Submitted By Andrew LaMar

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) issued the following statement after the California State University Board of Trustees approved a 10 percent pay hike for the presidents of CSU Fullerton and CSU East Bay:

"As an alumna of CSU East Bay and the state senator who represents it, I am shocked and dismayed that its president is being handed a significant pay raise at the same time admissions are being cut and academic programs are being slashed.

"These pay increases show a complete lack of understanding of what's happening on CSU campuses, an arrogant insensitivity to the plight of hard-working students, who are struggling mightily to pay tuition and get through college.

"Many of the CSU East Bay students I meet in my district are forced to work multiple jobs while they attend school just to make ends meet. It's a constant battle for them to stay in school. I recognize CSU's need to remain competitive in recruiting top executives, but now is not the time to sweeten already generous salaries and benefits.

"This is extremely poor judgment, and it sends the wrong message to overburdened students, their parents and all of California's taxpayers. I call on the CSU Board of Trustees to immediately issue a moratorium on executive salary increases and devote its resources to preserving academic programs and limiting the costs for students."

For more information, visit Senator Corbett's web site at http://www.sen.ca.gov/corbett

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