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]

Ybarra unmoved as Idaho loses ground in school choice

Nearly 20 years after Idaho began experimenting with giving kids and parents a choice in education, efforts to expand school choice offerings here have stalled, while other states continue to raise the bar, improve and [...]

Applause for Smith’s defense of the state constitution

On Thursday, Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith urged Idaho Supreme Court justices to uphold the state constitution and void Gov. Butch Otter’s untimely veto of the grocery tax repeal. His argument was one of the [...]

Lori Otter’s makeup woes pale in comparison to artists hurt by veto

Sherry Japhet is a skilled makeup artist. Having worked for 20 years in the business, her services are highly sought on television sets and photo shoots. Thus, when one of Japhet’s customers, First Lady Lori [...]

Study again proves promise of CBD’s medical benefits not available yet in Idaho

A study published days ago in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that a cannabis extract can dramatically cut—and even potentially eliminate—epileptic seizures in those who suffer from Dravet syndrome, a rare disease. The [...]

Make local officials commit to protecting taxpayers

Local government officials throughout Idaho are beginning the process of hearing from residents about how they’d like their tax dollars spent starting this fall. Cities, counties and other taxing district officials are writing budget blueprints [...]

Can Little prove his executive order is not just a campaign stunt?

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s executive order that calls for a “holistic” review of the state’s occupational licenses is the most exciting news to come out of the Idaho governor’s office in a long time. But [...]