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]

One gov candidate supports Otter’s overall approach, others offer alternative paths

Given how far left-of-center Gov. Butch Otter has drifted for his last legislative session, the Idaho Freedom Foundation wanted to find out what the candidates for governor thought of the retiring office holder’s recent budget-bloating [...]

Liberal Idaho official produces agenda that must be stopped

A top elected official in Boise has announced one of the most left-of-center agendas we’ve seen at the state Capitol. Among other things, this politician wants: More than $100 million to add thousands of people [...]

Legislators should reject Ottercare, come up with own plan to help Idahoans

After Butch Otter was abducted by aliens and replaced with a replicant (estimated to have occurred sometime around 2008), he’s been increasingly creative with the ways in which he injects government into our lives. This [...]

Ask your legislators to support this one New Year’s resolution

There’s one resolution that Idaho’s Legislature needs to keep for the new year.  That resolution is this: Do what Congress just did. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what Congress just accomplished [...]

Cut, cap, or re-prioritize: Three gov candidates differ on state spending growth

Two of the leading candidates for Idaho governor are critical of Gov. Butch Otter’s management of state spending since tax revenues started to rebound following the recession. The third candidate, the current lieutenant governor, says [...]

Fix broken college education system before trying to add students

If you attend an Idaho college or university, it’s more likely than not you won’t graduate. Meanwhile, state officials are pushing to achieve the goal that by 2020 at least 60 percent of young Idaho [...]