Stop Pay Raises For California State University Presidents

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Target: California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees

Goal: Repeal pay hikes for CSU presidents amid massive budget cuts

Last Tuesday, the CSU Board of Trustees approved pay raises for three campus presidents despite tuition increases and potential cuts to faculty and staff. While students continue to face fee hikes and funding cuts, the CSU Board of Trustees gave pay raises to presidents who were already making six-figure salaries. If California voters do not approve a tax hike in November, the CSU system will face an additional mid-year funding cut of $250 million. Cal State presidents should not receive pay raises while students and taxpayers pay the price for funding cuts.

Cal State tuition has nearly doubled in the past decade. Since state funding has also dropped by 26 percent since 2005, many California students and families have had to make huge sacrifices and take out massive loans. If Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax hike, does not pass, Cal State chancellors would have two options: increasing tuition by 5 percent and cutting teachers’ salaries by 2 percent, or cutting 750 jobs and reducing enrollment by 6,000 students. Even if Proposition 30 passes, the CSU system will still have to increase some student fees.

According to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the pay raises will be privately funded and represent only a small percentage of the CSU budget. However, that is irrelevant to the debt-strapped students and low-wage staff of the CSU system. Taxpayers and students should not pay higher taxes and fees while some CSU presidents get tens of thousands of dollars in raises, nor should staff be laid off while CSU administrators receive generous vehicle and housing allowances.

Student loan debt has recently exceeded credit card debt. University administrators should be doing everything possible to alleviate this national problem. Tell CSU administrators to prioritize students and staff, especially during times of steep budget cuts. By signing this petition, you will demand that the CSU Board of Trustees repeal the pay hikes it approved for three CSU presidents last Tuesday.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California State University Board of Trustees,

California State University presidents should not receive pay raises amid steep budget cuts. Although these pay raises represent a small percentage of the Cal State budget, it is unfair that some CSU presidents are receiving raises while students continue to face tuition hikes. Since state funding has dropped and tuition has nearly doubled in the past decade, many California students and families have had to make huge sacrifices and take out massive loans.

If California voters do not approve Proposition 30 in November, the CSU system would have to face an additional mid-year cut of $250 million. As a result, CSU Chancellors would either have to increase tuition by 5 percent and decrease teachers’ salaries by 2 percent, or cut 750 jobs and reduce enrollment by 6,000 students. Even if Proposition 30 passes, the CSU system will still have to increase some student fees. Cal State presidents should not receive pay raises while students and taxpayers pay the price for funding cuts.

CSU budget cuts have put immense financial strain on many California students and families. University administrators should be doing everything possible to alleviate student debt during times of steep budget cuts. Please prioritize funding for students and staff by repealing the pay hikes for the presidents of CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernandino, and San Francisco State University.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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