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TO: All Faculty and Staff
FROM: Sally Roush, Vice President, Business and Financial Affairs

July 25, 2008

Budget Message #6

Employees at San Diego State University and other California State University institutions will continue to receive their regular paychecks even though the state does not yet have a new budget.

Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger requested state agencies to cut the pay of state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour until a budget is passed. Although the CSU is not under direct executive authority, the Governor has requested the CSU to agree to the minimum pay.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said the CSU will use alternative revenue sources to pay its employees. The CSU will use this approach in an effort to cooperate with the Governor and the legislature in this challenging budget environment.

The Governor also called for a hiring freeze of all non-critical positions, but Chancellor Reed said the CSU will continue to hire the necessary faculty and staff to prepare for record enrollment this fall.

In addition to the CSU, the Governor has requested that other state entities, including the University of California, California Community Colleges, the California Public Utilities Commission, constitutional officers, and legislative and judicial branches, assist with similar efforts to help preserve the state’s cash supply during the budget impasse.