King Martin: Let’s keep parents in the dark about vaccine exemption

Wayne Hoffman Articles

When school districts and private daycares tell parents, as they often do, that children need to be immunized before they can attend, that’s only partly true. Some might argue that it’s a lie by omission, and they’d be right. Gem State children can attend school or participate in daycare without being vaccinated. Here’s how: Idaho law allows parents a series …

Lawmakers attempt to make new welfare program to tackle teacher shortages

Wayne Hoffman Articles

There’s a poster occasionally displayed in legislators’ offices that says, “Government: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.” It’s common for legislators to ignore their own advice and plow forward with solutions equally as bad as the problems they’re trying to solve. Witness House Bill 93, a well-intentioned bill supported by …

Real work requirements and a sunset needed for Medicaid expansion

Wayne Hoffman Articles

The House Health and Welfare Committee has voted against considering legislation to repeal Medicaid expansion or, at minimum, review the expansion before renewing it in a few years. Thus, it seems a Senate bill is the last remaining proposal to contain costs associated with providing free healthcare to thousands more Idahoans. But alas, that’s not true because Senate Bill 1100 …

School funding formula rewrite a failure

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When state lawmakers decided a few years ago that they’d (finally) revise the public school funding formula, they promised a proposal in which money would follow the student via a plan that was more transparent and accountable. With the proposal presently in front of the Legislature, lawmakers have failed on both counts. Though the funding proposal focuses more on student …

Stop socialism by repealing Medicaid expansion

Wayne Hoffman Articles

When President Trump told Americans in his State of the Union address that “we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” one would assume he was talking to the openly socialist members of Congress, such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But Trump’s stated “resolve that America will never be a socialist country” applies equally to …