Daily Archives: August 29, 2009

Exec Admin Pay Cap Killed

Good news for CSU administrators making more than $200,000 a year. A bill introduced by Leland Yee which would have frozen pay increases for the wealthiest employees of the California university system during economic hard times– an effort to share the burden of cuts– has been killed in the state senate thanks to the tireless efforts of lobbyists. CSU spends $1.1 million on its own in-house lobbyists annually and just this June it was revealed that CSU chancellor Charles Reed hired still more of them– Capitol Advocacy LLC, and Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates– companies which were kept on retainer at a cost of $400,000 even when they were not actively engaged in lobbying efforts. The cherry on top: at a time when it is projected that 40,000 students will NOT be attending CSU in the coming years, classes are being dropped, fees are rising by 20% (after a 10% bump in May), and thousands of actual educators have been not rehired (i.e., have been fired) due to budget constraints Reed retained the firms without bothering to implement a bidding process.

Chancellor Reed

Chancellor Reed