Replacing a wall around Boise with a wish list for freedom

Wayne Hoffman Articles

When a horde of people descends on a place, your instinct might be to build a wall. Sometimes those instincts are both right (“They’ll hurt our quality of life!”) and impractical (“It’ll cost a ton of money!”). But for us, right now, building a wall just isn’t an option. We’re gonna have to let ‘em in: 105 state politicians, some …

Senate Bill 1069

Wayne Hoffman 2017 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: Allows Idahoans the option to get an identification card or driver’s license that does not comply with the federal REAL ID program. Rating: +2 Analyst’s Note: In 2005 the federal government issued REAL ID security standards for state driver’s licenses. Identification cards that did not meet these requirements could not be used for security verification at U.S. airports. …

Let’s debate the sales tax on groceries

Wayne Hoffman Articles, End the Grocery Tax

Of all the public policies that enjoy wide support at the Idaho Statehouse, one idea has received consistent bipartisan love through the years: a plan to eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Since 1965, when the state’s sales tax was first implemented, at three percent, the state has taxed food purchased at the grocery store. Today, the tax is 6 …

Let’s make the Medicaid “gap population” bigger

Wayne Hoffman Articles

This month marks the 20th anniversary of federal welfare reform. Such was a bipartisan public policy achievement made possible by the belief that government should not trap people forever in its programs and inhibit human flourishing. Welfare reform freed Americans from that snare. The 1996 welfare reforms were hailed as an effort to move people from government dependence to self-reliance. …