Trying To Make Government Work Better
Hopefully one thing we can agree on is that if a government program exists, then we should endeavor to make the program work as well as possible. Well maybe we can’t all agree on even that.
To tackle that problem — to make the initiatives more effective and accountable — the Bush administration created a pilot program tying federal financing to policy outcomes. States could get federal financing if they put in place research-supported best practices.
There are now six such “evidence-based” pilot programs that make taxpayer dollars contingent on results and that would seem to have natural appeal to Congressional Republicans. But they are under threat from a House proposal that eliminates all federal financing for four of the six programs,and significantly cuts money for a fifth.
This just feeds into the suspicion that Republicans don’t want government programs to work more effectively or to find out if they work at all. Either one of these outcomes would cut into their argument on spending and cutting taxes (for the wealthy of course). And nothing can interfere with that.Click here for reuse options!
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