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Minimum wage talk has university officials concerned
The Southern ^ | 2/21/14 | KURT ERICKSON

Posted on 02/21/2014 5:42:26 AM PST by AT7Saluki

Raising the minimum wage could cost Illinois' cash-strapped universities millions of dollars in added wages for their student workforce.

With lawmakers warning of tough budget times in the fiscal year beginning July 1, the proposal to bump the wage from its current level of $8.25 an hour to $10 or more an hour is raising red flags among university officials.

At SIU, for example, President Glenn Poshard said an increase could cost his institution $3.2 million in additional wages at a time when the General Assembly may be considering further cuts in aid to high education.

"We need an increase in funding in higher education," Poshard told members of a House appropriations panel Thursday. "We don't have any extra to run our university."

(Excerpt) Read more at thesouthern.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: minimum; pay; university; wage
So the officials are concerned because ... Student worker A gets a mandated raise, university doesn't have the extra money, fees/taxes raised to cover, subjects (including student A) pay more.
1 posted on 02/21/2014 5:42:26 AM PST by AT7Saluki
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To: AT7Saluki

um... solution...

give them services in lew of a salary, like... discounted tuition?

A smart university wouldn’t pay a DIME to any student.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 5:47:25 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: All

Simply tow the liberal line and Obama will issue an executive order giving you an exemption from the law.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 5:52:12 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: AT7Saluki
At SIU, for example, President Glenn Poshard said an increase could cost his institution $3.2 million in additional wages to reduce the work force and curtail some services.

Well, that what he should have said.

4 posted on 02/21/2014 5:54:33 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: AT7Saluki

Actually I’m a bit fuzzy on the exact wording of the EO, but could it mean that every student worker at every University that takes federal contracts now has to be paid the higher minimum wage? That would be devastating to budgets. And I would laugh my butt off.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 5:55:44 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard

This would not be connected to Barry’s EO.

It seems to be a state proposal.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 6:10:36 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: AT7Saluki

No problem. Obama has a pen that will exempt anyone he pleases.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 6:13:41 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ltc8k6

Bummer. That would have been extremely funny. I work at a college and the levels of caterwauling would have been incredible.

Maybe someone should suggest it to him?


8 posted on 02/21/2014 6:14:43 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: AT7Saluki

I’m sure they’ll get a waiver if they ask dear leader for one. I think they would fall under the special favored category.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 6:15:43 AM PST by jersey117
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To: TexasFreeper2009
um... solution...

give them services in lew of a salary, like... discounted tuition?

A smart university wouldn’t pay a DIME to any student.


College Of The Ozarks aka Hard Work U
No tuition, every student has a job on campus, incredible wait list.

Of course it is politically conservative, to smart of a model for liberals

10 posted on 02/21/2014 6:43:14 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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He is too busy ending his austerity...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/with-2015-budget-request-obama-will-call-for-an-end-to-era-of-austerity/2014/02/20/332808c2-9a6e-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html?hpid=z1


11 posted on 02/21/2014 6:44:30 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: AT7Saluki

These universities have billions invested. Reduce the pensions and the high salaries the teachers are getting so the poor can get a “living” wage.

Ha!


12 posted on 02/21/2014 9:27:06 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: AT7Saluki

It’s so funny when the liberals at universities come up against a policy they all believe is wonderful.

Universities pay graduate teaching assistants, adjunct professors, and non-tenured professors very low wages compared to similarly educated workers in other fields. Not to mention support personnel. It’s not unusual to find teachers with MAs working for $10. per hour.

And the university administrations absolutely hate the idea of teachers joining unions to raise their wages.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 9:42:49 AM PST by wildbill
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