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]

Giddings story wrong; lawmaker acted appropriately

A news story in circulation about Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings is as salacious as it is wrong. The article’s author suggests a damning verdict for Giddings: Either she must have illegally run for office [...]

Idaho’s reliance on federal money is a concern, say governor candidates

Republican gubernatorial candidates say they’re concerned about Idaho’s reliance on federal money, but they offer differing approaches for tackling the issue. Idaho’s state government receives $2.7 billion in aid from Washington, D.C., more than double [...]

Governor’s Cup could benefit from government transparency, ethics reforms

About a year ago, former Gov. Cecil Andrus shared with me some displeasure that the Idaho Governor’s Cup, a charity he helped bring into existence, had morphed. Once it was a modest education fundraiser. Today, [...]

Following Trump’s speech, time for federal and state tax relief

If members of Congress actually heed President Donald Trump’s call for tax reform—and Idaho lawmakers follow suit with their own tax cuts—imagine how that could supercharge the economy in our state. Trump’s tax reform call-to-action [...]

Labrador: Address lobbyists on state pensions; other candidates dodge question

Idaho is one of approximately 20 states that allow private lobbying organizations to take part in the state government’s pension system. Last winter, the Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a bill that prevents new private, [...]

Leftist activists display their own intolerance

One consistent public policy fact in Idaho, as in many other states, is that a big performance gap exists, as noted by school test scores, between white and non-white students. This is a fact. This [...]