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]

Idaho needs a veto override amendment

As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider the fate of the sloppily vetoed grocery-tax repeal legislation, it’s increasingly apparent that Idaho’s constitution contains a major defect. That defect allows too much power to [...]

Grocery tax lawsuit should prevail

Judges make losers out of half the lawyers who argue in front of them, and many of those losers walk away thinking the outcome was wrong. So it is hard to predict with certainty how [...]

2018 campaign for governor starts now

In little more than a year, Idahoans will begin making their selections as to who will become the next governor. The exceptionally good news is, at least on the Republican ticket, candidates are already staking [...]

2017 session is proof-positive more legislators are embracing freedom

Yes, it is true, the Governor Formerly Known as a Libertarian vexingly vetoed a number of conservative, free market, liberty-minded bills. However,  there is a bigger, undeniable truth that emerged from the 2017 legislative session: [...]

Otter, obviously, abducted by aliens

“What happened to Butch Otter?” It's a question I am often asked, both by disappointed Idahoans and from policy leaders throughout the country who expected more from Otter’s turn as state CEO. The question arises [...]

Ask Otter to repeal the grocery tax

Special note: Use this to easily send Gov. Otter an email asking him to repeal the grocery tax:  Hear Me, Idaho Action Page Gov. Butch Otter will decide over the next several days whether to [...]