The 2012 spending bill would cut the salary cap by 17%, from US$199,700 to $165,300, for extramural scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health...
I was wondering when some Congress Critter would figure out s/he can make some hay out of attacking scientists for their exorbitant salaries.
Here's my question though. Since $250,000 per year is "middle class" according to the last round of political rhetoric which addressed the salary/class issue...by what justification should scientists be under attack?
[bit of a Twittersation going on as well, start here]
p.s. The vast majority of NIH funded PIs are way, waaaaaay under the salary cap, going by my experience. I would estimate that a disproportionate number of them are MD's as well. The theory on this latter is that they need to be
bribed, I mean equivalently compensated, away from purely clinical careers. Agree or not, it needs to be considered.
p.p.s. While this sounds good on paper, in the immediate and medium term, this would roll back on those of us who are not BSD investigators making cap. Why? Because the Uni's would have to come up with the difference. Money being fungible, this means less cash for startup packages, bridging support, faculty senate pilot awards, paying for administrative staff, graduate student salaries....
p.p.p.s. Despite the pain, and the fact that some day I'd love to be at cap as it is right now, I'm actually in support of this. In the abstract. And if there were some way to stave off the immediate pain for junior folks (there isn't) I'd be a lot happier about it.