Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Legislature needs to crack down on pay raises for top California State University executives, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters on Thursday. Steinberg (D-Sacramento) was angered that trustees approved salary hikes for two new school presidents just one day before a Senate committee considered legislation limiting raises. “The CSU folks are tone deaf,” he said. “It requires us to send them a message in a way that is even stronger.” State lawmakers are wrestling with growing outrage among college students, who face increased tuition and fees while top executives are awarded bigger salaries. Steinberg said he wants to strengthen a bill approved Wednesday by a Senate committee that would cap pay raises for Cal State presidents at 10%, which is already the limit set by the Cal State Board of Trustees.