Senator's Bill Would Cap Calif. State U Presidents' Salaries

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The salaries of California State University campus presidents would be capped, and discussions about their pay would be held in public, under a bill being proposed by a state senator frustrated that CSU has been raising executive pay as well as tuition.

The proposal comes months after CSU trustees hired a campus president in San Diego for $400,000 a year - $100,000 more than his predecessor - and at the same meeting that they approved a 12 percent tuition increase.

"It is not reasonable to give $100,000 raises to executive positions, especially when simultaneously raising tuition," said state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), author of SB755.

Under the bill, no new campus president could be paid more than 150 percent of whatever the chief justice of the California Supreme Court makes. The current chief justice, Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, earns $228,856. That means future CSU campus presidents could make up to $343,269.

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