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]

Prop 1 gives voters a chance to save an industry that politicians have nearly destroyed

I’m not a big fan of most initiatives and referenda. In other states (looking at you, California) voter initiatives have become a staple of the Left. The ballot box has been used to raid the [...]

Idaho’s Obamacare proposal riddled with constitutional problems

It’s important to remember that Proposition 2, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, contains actual words. Words have meanings. Meanings have consequences. If Medicaid expansion is bad, Proposition 2 is worse because of how it is worded: [...]

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 [...]