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IFF poll: Overwhelming support for tax cuts

By Wayne Hoffman
January 12, 2010
A poll commissioned by the Idaho Freedom Foundation shows nearly a supermajority of Idahoans support cutting taxes to help boost the economy. Research and consulting firm Greg Smith and Associates conducted the poll December 10-15, 2009 (excluding weekends) on behalf of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Idaho's only free market education and research center. The study […]
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Tax cuts deserve consideration

By Wayne Hoffman
December 2, 2009
State lawmakers and the governor finally are having conversations that should have been had years ago - how to cut the size of government. That's great. Lawmakers have an extraordinary opportunity to get state spending under control, to eliminate waste and excess in every agency. But let's not stop there. Too little is being said […]
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Idaho businesses can expect more than 70 percent tax increase next year

By IFF
October 26, 2009
Idaho businesses will see at least a 70 percent percent increase in their unemployment insurance taxes next year. That's on top of the 70 percent increase businesses are coping with this year. Though the rate for 2010 has yet to be determined, Bob Fick, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Labor said, “The rate will […]
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Idaho taxpayers finance political parties

By Wayne Hoffman
October 25, 2009
Each spring, the mysterious being we call Taxman plays the part of the Tooth Fairy. Taxman says if I put a little check mark next to the political party or parties of our choice on my state tax form, the political organization I have selected will miraculously get a dollar. "This won't increase your tax […]
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Hoffman: State lawmakers can end ban on insurance sales across state lines

By Wayne Hoffman
October 12, 2009
Idaho has a law that prevents the state’s residents from shopping for the lowest possible health insurance premiums. The restriction is simple: No one can sell insurance in Idaho without being authorized by state regulators to do so, even if that insurer is already legally recognized to operate in another state. Our statute is mirrored […]
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Craig P. Boulton: The Congressional Co-op Scam

By IFF
October 9, 2009
In lieu of a single payer national healthcare system run by the Federal Government some Congressional Democrats are proposing to establish national healthcare cooperatives owned by their policy holders instead. This has a nice ring to it and cooperatives represent a long standing tradition in the United States – people with a mutual interest getting […]
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Hoffman: Idaho should consider health care constitutional amendment

By Wayne Hoffman
September 27, 2009
I'd bet when Superman hangs out in the Hall of Justice with Aquaman, Wonder Woman and the Wonder Twins, the Man of Steel wonders whether he should be in a league of his own. "Aquaman talks to fish. How useful is that? I'm faster than a locomotive!" Superman pontificates. Members of Congress are like that, […]
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Deide: After 50 years, state education policy lags

By Wayne Hoffman
July 13, 2009
By Darrel Deide Chairman, Idahoans for Choice in Education This year marks my 50th year in Idaho education as a teacher, counselor, administrator, legislator and advocate. I taught science in the 1959-1960 school year, the year that the microchip was invented, the year that the first rocket escaped Earth’s gravity and the year the Mercury […]
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Hoffman: Boise hotel tax unfair to guests, hoteliers

By Wayne Hoffman
June 14, 2009
The defenders of bad tax policy justify bad tax policy by pointing out that someone else is paying the tax that provides the benefit that the rest of us enjoy. In government, we call that a fiscal solution. In the parlance of the common folk, it's known as theft. How else can you define taking […]
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Hoffman: Canyon residents show they're tired of tax increases

By Wayne Hoffman
May 31, 2009
Supporters of a new tax for Canyon County property owners love libraries about as much as I love ice cream, and their argument in favor of creating a new library district was about as compelling and intricate as my argument for fudgy sundaes. More than three quarters of voters objected to the library district proposal […]
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