You may be familiar with the Federal office of Faith-based and Community initiatives….President Bush established it a few years ago, making it easier for faith-based charities to get federal funds. Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie wants to establish such an office at the state level, to help non-profits get federal money.
“It doesn’t cost very much money – it can bring a lot of money to our state and it’s going to help a lot of people.”
Democratic Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg says faith-based organizations do important work helping the poor and the sick, but she worries about discrimination:
“Now if you do not want to treat someone who is not a Christian, you don’t have to – you see…or a jew, or a muslim – pick your religion.”
Leslie says the program would help all non-profit charities, by serving as a clearinghouse of information on how to get federal grants.