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April 17, 2014View for printing

If there is one belief about taxes that unifies most people, however, it is the conviction that the government shouldn't waste the money it collects on things that don't work. That's why, as the tax season comes to a close, it's worth noting the growing use of rigorous evidence in policy making. It represents an expanding area of common ground among lawmakers from different parties, and it may be the best opportunity we have today to cut through partisan gridlock.

"There's a deep mistrust of government and a belief that problems can't be solved," said Michele Jolin. "This movement will lead to better outcomes -- and it will help people regain confidence in their public officials by creating a more effective, more credible way for policy choices to be made."

By DAVID BORNSTEIN

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