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For the Week of March 28, 2011
Another study by a Rutgers University professor shows that, nationally, public-sector employee pay is 11.5 percent lower than pay for comparably educated private-sector employees. When health and pension benefits are included, public-sector employees still earn 3.7 percent less than those in the private sector.
The University of California Student Association, which represents 200,000 students, is working directly with legislators to find long-term revenue sources for education. The association is supporting California Assembly Bill 656 "Fair Share for Tuition," which would impose a 12.5 percent severance tax on oil in California with direct proceeds to go toward higher education. The UCSA is also lobbying for Gov. Brown's proposed five-year tax extensions that could save the UC system $500 million in cuts if they are approved.
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