About Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman is one of Idaho’s leading experts on public policy, the Idaho Legislature and the practice of journalism. Hoffman has spent 25 years writing about government and politicians. He writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and is often invited to speak on complex issues including taxation, health care, free markets and education. Throughout his years in the news business, Wayne won numerous awards for investigative and political journalism. During his years of covering the state legislature, governor’s office and state agencies, Wayne often exposed government waste, failed government programs and politicians whose voting records were inconsistent with their rhetoric. After leaving the news business in 2005, Wayne became the special assistant to the director of the state Department of Agriculture. In 2006, he managed the communications efforts of several successful political campaigns and became the communications director for Congressman Bill Sali. Wayne lives in Nampa with his two children. Wayne has been at the helm of Idaho Freedom Foundation since the organization launched in January 2009. Email: [email protected]

Transparency chalks a victory in Boise, but more work needs to be done

In a time when almost everyone has a camera on their cell phone, the Idaho House of Representatives has long clung to an anachronistic rule that prohibits the public from filming House members at work. [...]

Plan for interstate insurance sales is a good policy a long time coming

Idaho lawmakers may soon answer the question, “If a person is allowed to buy a used car from someone in Texas, why can’t an individual buy health insurance from a company in another state?” A [...]

Idaho proposal would start Idaho’s path toward gun confiscation

A law that would prohibit some people from owning a gun cleared the Oregon Legislature on Thursday. Now, if at this point if you think our leftist neighbors are the only ones looking to pass [...]

Blaine schools ask for tax hike while maintaining lavish retirement, health benefits

To hear Blaine County School District administrators tell it, their March 13 $3 million supplemental levy request is about the kids. The kids need this and the kids need that. What school officials won’t tell [...]

Candidates address healthcare, Little silent on Otter’s Medicaid expansion push

Two of the major Republican candidates for governor say they’re opposed to Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to add thousands of people onto government healthcare programs. But the third candidate, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, isn’t saying [...]

Otter’s executive order is great, but Little’s campaigning on it is not

I planned to write this week on the candidates for governor and their differing approaches to healthcare. Instead, I need to clear the air regarding Gov. Butch Otter’s executive order that allows the sale of [...]