Time to rein them in’: Amendment would limit UC salaries, tuition hikes

May 02, 2017

SACRAMENTO — An effort to change the state Constitution that would tie University of California tuition increases and low-level employee wages to the number of UC administrators paid more than the governor has been launched by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton.

Galgiani introduced her amendment proposal Monday with the goal of letting California voters have a say in the university’s budget priorities. The local legislator is downright angry about UC’s latest plan to increase student tuition.

 

“I feel their approach in 2009 was deceptive,” she said.

“It’s time to rein them in because they haven’t been able to do it themselves.”

Under Galgiani’s proposed amendment, in any year that the UC pays more than 600 administrators a salary above that paid to the governor — currently $190,100 — the university may not increase tuition or enter into contracts paying substandard wages to those who provide cleaning and maintenance services.

“I arrived at the number 600 after eliminating clinical (medical) and faculty job classifications. Only administrative positions — executives, managers and academic administrators — are included,” Galgiani said in a statement announcing her proposal.

To move forward, the Galgiani constitutional amendment must be approved by two-thirds of the members of both the Assembly and state Senate, then go before the state’s voters for ratification. If approved by simple majority, it becomes law the day after the election.

Galgiani admits her proposal for an amendment to the constitution tied to the governor’s salary is a bit unusual, but she believes it has merit and will resonate with fellow legislators.