The interim president of Kentucky State University has chosen to show financial compassion for the University's lowest paid workers by decreasing his salary by nearly $90,000.
Raymond Burse's pay cut will contribute to a wage increase for over 24 employees at KSU, some of whom were earning the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. The workers will now earn $10.25 per hour.
With minimum wage being a hot topic in the country, some are calling his act a stunt, but Burse insists the move is to show his concern for the workers.
'You don't give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people. This is something I've been thinking about from the very beginning,' he told Kentucky.com
Burse's salary will drop from from $349,869 to $259,745. The move was approved immediately by the school's board. He has pledged to take further salary cuts when new minimum-wage workers are hired by KSU, starting them at a wage of $10.25 per hour.
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