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]

Make local officials commit to protecting taxpayers

Local government officials throughout Idaho are beginning the process of hearing from residents about how they’d like their tax dollars spent starting this fall. Cities, counties and other taxing district officials are writing budget blueprints [...]

Can Little prove his executive order is not just a campaign stunt?

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s executive order that calls for a “holistic” review of the state’s occupational licenses is the most exciting news to come out of the Idaho governor’s office in a long time. But [...]

Idaho officials continue needless crusade against CBD products

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Idaho needs a veto override amendment

As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider the fate of the sloppily vetoed grocery-tax repeal legislation, it’s increasingly apparent that Idaho’s constitution contains a major defect. That defect allows too much power to [...]

Grocery tax lawsuit should prevail

Judges make losers out of half the lawyers who argue in front of them, and many of those losers walk away thinking the outcome was wrong. So it is hard to predict with certainty how [...]

2018 campaign for governor starts now

In little more than a year, Idahoans will begin making their selections as to who will become the next governor. The exceptionally good news is, at least on the Republican ticket, candidates are already staking [...]