Senior Policy Fellow | Fiscal Federalism
Wayne Hoffman is a leading expert on public policy issues affecting state governments including budgeting, dependency on federal grants and federal management of western lands.
Wayne has spent more than 25 years writing about government and politicians. He writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and has appeared in national publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Economist and Watchdog.org.
Wayne is often invited to speak to groups 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, Idaho, with his two children.
Wayne has been at the helm of Idaho Freedom Foundation since the organization launched in January 2009.