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]

Adult college dropout scholarship is 2018’s worst new law

What would you say about a law that takes money from college-bound high school graduates and redirects that money to college dropouts? I’ll tell you what my 17-year-old son said: “That’s kind of a stupid [...]

Mysterious “hate book” that killed Ottercare shouldn’t surprise Butch

Gov. Butch Otter told reporters Thursday that the Idaho Freedom Foundation has a  “hate book,” and that legislators followed it to bring his biggest defeat of the 2018 legislative session. If Ottercare’s demise was inspired [...]

Can you believe it? A great legislative session for liberty

Perhaps because it’s an election year, perhaps because lawmakers are finally getting the message, perhaps because Gov. Butch Otter is a lame duck. I’ve been doing this work for more than two decades and I’ve [...]

Transparency chalks a victory in Boise, but more work needs to be done

In a time when almost everyone has a camera on their cell phone, the Idaho House of Representatives has long clung to an anachronistic rule that prohibits the public from filming House members at work. [...]

Plan for interstate insurance sales is a good policy a long time coming

Idaho lawmakers may soon answer the question, “If a person is allowed to buy a used car from someone in Texas, why can’t an individual buy health insurance from a company in another state?” A [...]

Idaho proposal would start Idaho’s path toward gun confiscation

A law that would prohibit some people from owning a gun cleared the Oregon Legislature on Thursday. Now, if at this point if you think our leftist neighbors are the only ones looking to pass [...]