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]

Media’s Medicaid story makes for great fiction

Those who support making more Idahoans dependent on government healthcare rallied Friday at the Statehouse. They were celebrating their presumptive victory of getting enough signatures to put Medicaid expansion to a vote in November. The [...]

Rendering personal assistance to people reflects who we are as Idahoans

The story goes, in 1941 the Gila River overflowed and flooded Arizona’s Duncan Valley. A young Mormon stake president, Spencer W. Kimball, wired Salt Lake City asking for money to aid the disaster relief. Instead [...]

Supreme Court ruling provides new incentives for states to contain Big Labor’s power

Idaho isn’t one of the 22 states where public employees will immediately benefit from the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, which gives government workers new choices and restores their right of free speech. Nonetheless, the [...]

New laws point to Otter’s return from abduction

On July 1, it will be legal for makeup artists in Idaho to make brides beautiful at their wedding. It will also be legal for curling irons to be demonstrated at retail stores. A bill [...]

Medicaid expansion proponents haven’t helped the poor

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been fascinated by the number of people who have written to me, on social media or in their local newspaper, complaining about my proposal to use private charities as an [...]

Voluntary giving is the way to help solve the Medicaid gap

Regular readers of this column shouldn’t be terribly surprised when I say that the way to help people in need is through voluntary giving. This applies to people with a terminal illness, the hungry, the [...]