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]

Bedke changes House voting process for the better

Republican Speaker of the House Scott Bedke deserves praise for implementing a meaningful change in the way Idaho House votes have been conducted for generations. The change is bound to enliven debates and make legislators [...]

Lawmakers take a step toward liberty with reform of civil asset forfeiture laws

Idaho lawmakers took a bold step Thursday in defense of liberty and justice, and they deserve accolades. House members voted 58-10 to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, in effect limiting when law enforcement [...]

Immunization bill fails, more action to follow

Kudos to the 44 members of the Idaho House of Representatives who voted against turning the state’s childhood immunization registry (a policy mistake in its own right) into a registry of almost every vaccine given [...]

House Bill 185

Bill description: This measure would allow a taxpayer to increase the amount saved in a 529 account from $4,000 to $6,000 and take a deduction based on that savings. Rating: -1 Analyst note: In 2000, [...]

House Bill 192

Bill description: Lowers the minimum investment for a project to qualify for a property tax exemption from county commissioners. Rating: -2 Analyst’s note: House Bill 192 seeks to change Idaho Code 63-602NN, which stipulates a [...]

Senate Bill 1073

Bill description: This bill raises the cap on charges for skills tests by commercial driver schools. Rating: 0 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in [...]