June 16, 2010; Source: New York Times | The state budget crisis is bad, no question. Tinkering on the margins of state budgets won’t work—structural solutions are necessary. In California, leaders of 10 religious faiths showed up at an event organized by the Center for Spiritual Awareness praying that God take a seat at the budget negotiating table. The prayers for God to join the governor and the four ranking Senate and Assembly leaders came a day after the state missed its June 15 budget deadline. A gubernatorial spokesperson, acknowledging a “tough budget,” said that Governor Schwarzenegger “appreciate(d) the support.”—Rick Cohen