Yee’s legislation to freeze executive compensation set for hearing tomorrow

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State University Board of Trustees approved double digit pay hikes for two of their six-figure executives.

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Education will consider legislation authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to prohibit pay raises for top university administrators during bad budget years or within two years of a student fee increase.

The committee will also consider SB 952 (Alquist) which would protect the status quo for CSU and allow 10 percent hikes for their executives in perpetuity.

The two pay hikes approved today are for incoming campus presidents – $324,500 plus housing and a $12,000 per year car allowance for the next CSU Fullerton President and $303,660 plus $60,000 per year housing and $12,000 per year car allowance for the new CSU East Bay President.

“It is imperative that the Senate Education Committee approves SB 967,” said Yee. “Without passing this bill, the Legislature is condoning the bad behavior by the CSU and allowing double digit hikes forever. Californians deserve better.”

In 2009, Yee passed a similar bill to SB 967 to stop executive pay hikes – SB 86 – which was vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger despite overwhelming bipartisan support. Yee expects Governor Jerry Brown to sign his latest effort if approved by the Legislature.

“When the students are suffering, CSU should not be handing out such exorbitant executive compensation,” said Yee.

This past year, the CSU Board of Trustees raised fall tuition twice – by 9.6 percent and then again by 12 more percent.

SB 967 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 AM in Room 4203 of the State Capitol.


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