Apr 26, 2010 5:25 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's commissioner of higher
education is voluntarily cutting her pay by more than half in the
upcoming budget year, as colleges have been hit with several rounds
Sally Clausen is reducing her salary from $377,000 a year to
$199,000. And she won't take the $12,000 car allowance and $36,000
housing allowance she'd been receiving each year.
That's a $226,000 pay cut.
Clausen spokeswoman Meg Casper has confirmed the reductions,
which will take effect on July 1. Most of the reductions are in
next year's budget bill.
Budget cuts over the last year and a half have sliced state
funding to Louisiana colleges by $250 million.