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]

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 [...]

Lawmakers not happy with new child tax credit proposal

Now that the Idaho House of Representatives has passed Gov. Butch Otter’s tax relief plan, I’ll let you in on a little secret: While all of the Republicans in the chamber voted for it, many [...]

Zito correct in attempt to keep government ethics bill alive

Give credit to Rep. Christy Zito for attempting to breathe life into a government ethics bill that was doomed to die without a hearing. Her procedural tactic failed on a lopsided 59-10 vote, and Zito [...]

Yes, Otter advocates Medicaid expansion

Expand: A verb that means to become or make larger or more extensive. As in, “Gov. Butch Otter is asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid.” That’s a fact. Unfortunately, that’s not what you’re hearing from Otter [...]

One gov candidate supports Otter’s overall approach, others offer alternative paths

Given how far left-of-center Gov. Butch Otter has drifted for his last legislative session, the Idaho Freedom Foundation wanted to find out what the candidates for governor thought of the retiring office holder’s recent budget-bloating [...]