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]

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 [...]

State education officials tout mediocre college-readiness ranking

Parents, students, and competent teachers deserve better than a public education system that celebrates mediocrity. That’s what they got last week when the state’s top education officials hailed a report that ranks Idaho No. 5 [...]

Obamacare initiative has problems, and Idaho voters need to hear them

Every week for nearly a decade, I’ve written a column that appears in the media throughout Idaho. I appreciate those open-minded news outlets that have given space to share the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s vision for [...]

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 [...]