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Boucher: Board of Regents Pay Raises Show Lack Transparency

Boucher is concerned about what she describes as "the governing board of the Board of Regents for Higher Education’s lack of transparency in awarding pay raises to Regent’s administration and top officials."

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) ranking member of the Higher Education Committee released the following statement on Wednesday.

“I am calling on the governing board of the Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) to release the list of raises they approved last week.  Pay raises in and of themselves are not personnel evaluations and are subject to public review.  This is another example of the administration's lack of transparency.  If the raises are warranted, there should be no reluctance to share the information. 

“It is extremely disappointing to see pay increases of up to 6.5% for those at the top of the BOR when tuition and fees have been increased by 11% for students and parents.  At the same time,Community College Presidents are cutting library and computer lab hours, tutors and financial aid officers due to financial constraints. 

"Some of the highest drivers of our future deficits are in growth of higher education wages, pension and fringe benefits.  Some forecasts show that fringe benefits could add 75-100% of additional costs to the wages paid.  The administration, as recently as last week, has publicly stated they need to do something about this cost driver, one of states highest.  It should be noted that these higher wages add to the states pension liabilities.  If not addressed soon, these obligations could become insolvent and put state employee pensions a risk. 

“In addition, these raises will be retroactive.  There are an estimated 279 employees who are eligible for raises, which will be retroactive to September 6th. 

“The public has a right to know after the 27% pay raises – arbitrarily approved for staff by a former Regent President – which lead to his public resignation and an embarrassment for the newly constituted BOR.  I would hope that given the sensitivity around compensation issues the administration would do all it can to disclose this information." 

“It is also clear that the Department of Administrative Services allowed the Board of Regents to award these raises at their own discretion.  If the Regents do not disclose the amount of the raises and to whom they were given, then they are in violation of the freedom of information laws. 

“Our students and our public deserve transparency.”
Ajack December 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM
We can thank Governor Malloy for the creation of this monstrosity. Now, as most Libertarians will state, they are in control of their pay. What private company in their right mind would run a business this way. This is BIG GOVERNMENT at it's worst. And Malloy was the person who allowed this new entity, the 'Board of Regents" to come into being. His baby and he owns the fact that so many of the families in this state can't afford to send their kids to school, so many of the kids are in debt up to their necks and so many of these educators are tax raping the people. Dump Malloy this next election if you want to be able to still live in this state and send your kids to an 'affordable' state run school. He's ruining this state. All of this happening and enrollment is down at state schools by 4% each and every year over the last last four years. Guess where the money is going ...not to teach and educate...it's going into the pockets of these leaches. And they have the nerve to raise tuition by 11%. If I were King of Connecticut,I'd behead the lot of them. Tuition shouldn't be anymore than $6,800.00 a year at any one of these institutions. The rest of what is being charged these poor kids is going into the pockets of these so called educators.THIS IS WRONG!!!!!They are screwing us folks. Write and Call your elected officials.
Alethiologist December 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Boucher, is from wilton where grubment spending is obscene. They just approved another pay raise for brennan that brings his salary up to Finch's in Bridgeport...how absurd is that!

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