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
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Rick joined NPQ in 2006, after almost eight years as the executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Before that he played various roles as a community worker and advisor to others doing community work. He also worked in government. Cohen pursued investigative and analytical articles, advocated for increased philanthropic giving and access for disenfranchised constituencies, and promoted increased philanthropic and nonprofit accountability.