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]

What Obamacare’s proponents really want: Universal healthcare

The clever propagandists who want to cement Obamacare in Idaho let slip via social media the dirty truth about what they’re really trying to accomplish with Proposition 2 on the November ballot. Sure, they want [...]

Pension parting gifts: an improper use of tax dollars

Over the last two years, seven local governments have paid nearly $1 million to quietly pad the pensions of 13 Idaho public employees. That doesn’t include the secretive plan to pay as much as $205,000 [...]

Parents aren’t getting straight answers about school performance

In the government-run education system, no one ever wants to use the word “failure.” So the public school system’s statisticians and spinmeisters dance around reality with euphemisms like “underperforming,” “schools most at risk,” and “where [...]

New report: Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion increases costs for the rest of us

More bad news arrived this week for supporters of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. A just-released Goldwater Institute study concludes an unfortunate side effect of providing free health coverage for able-bodied, childless adults is: Doing so likely [...]

New research: More than half of Medicaid expansion enrollees don’t work

Data from numerous ObamaCare expansion states reveal that, if new enrollees are not required to work, they will not work—at all. Based on recent research, this conclusion bodes ill for Idaho should Medicaid expansion pass [...]

Growing Medicaid program is already hurting schools, other programs

Anyone who says Medicaid expansion won’t hurt education or transportation spending either isn’t paying attention, is engaging in wishful thinking, or is just making stuff up. Last week, my friends from the Idaho School Boards [...]