With a salary cap lifted, trustees at four schools shifted housing allowances, annuities and car allowances to salaries. Some leaders acknowledged the moves were intended to increase the presidents’ retirement pay.
A review of state pension records from 2011 shows that nearly 1 out of every 5 state and local employees received a bonus. The bonuses can count toward calculating an employee's pension. Yet they don't show up in many public salary records or databases.