We read with great interest the recent New York Times article describing plans to address California’s $36 billion deficit. Our understanding is that while the state’s health insurance program for children, Healthy Families, will remain in the budget, it will also be cut by $144 million. According to the article, thousands of children who need health care will be placed on a waiting list unless "a private foundation makes up the balance," something the Legislature apparently hopes will happen soon.
Sir, those of us who blog at the White Courtesy Telephone work at foundations that have very little by way of discretionary assets. We are nevertheless writing to offer to restore the $144 million in cuts. Apart from your undying gratitude, all we ask is that you and the Legislature grant us the power to levy taxes on California residents, a power you have but are apparently too faint of heart to exercise.
We philanthropoids are many things, sir, but we are not girlie men.
We look forward to your response.
The White Courtesy Telephone Team