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

Wayne Hoffman Articles

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 …

Thank you, Bryan Smith, for defending freedom

Wayne Hoffman Articles

I thank my friend, Bryan Smith, for defending the Idaho Constitution and America’s founding principles against the popularly-supported Medicaid expansion. In the interest of space, I won’t recite Bryan’s legal arguments here, as you can read my previous commentaries and the arguments presented in Bryan’s filings with the state Supreme Court. Instead, I’d rather applaud Bryan’s courage in the face …

Shutdown is reminder for lawmakers to act on fed dependency

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During the latest federal government shutdown, there were more state legislatures in session than in any previous shutdown in the nation’s history. And yet, there’s been precious little discussion of how states remain highly dependent on aid from Washington, D.C. This is as good as any time for that to change. Louisiana is the state most reliant on money from …

Legislature, Little should reject bid for more office space

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Until the Statehouse reopened in 2010, only members of legislative leadership and some Senate chairmen enjoyed private offices in the Capitol. A lucky few senators snagged shared cubicle space in the Capitol basement. House committee chairmen didn’t fare much better: All of them shared a common office suite on the fourth floor with individual closet-like partitions capable of holding a …