If just 270,000 of us Texans, out of 25 million, donated $75 to alleviate the current economic situation, we would raise $20,250,000 for the state of Texas. We, as individuals, would be participating directly in our own recovery. The donations would not be counted as a deduction for income tax purposes. Texas could serve as the model, set the standard, and lead the rest of the country by example. If this proposal were to include the remaining 49 states, contributions by employed citizens could possibly reach $2.25 billion.

Hinojosa-Smith is an author and English professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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