Wayne Hoffman

Don’t believe praise uttered by candidates about the insurance exchange

It’s election season, so it is to be expected that candidates for office will say things about the state insurance exchange that the Legislature and the governor created in 2013. Interesting things that are not necessarily true. I read a statement from one candidate on a blog post that claimed that the state was triumphantly […]

Kuna patrons could be forced to vote and vote and vote … until they get it right

I have a suggestion for the Kuna School District. And other government districts looking to raise their constituents’ taxes. Instead of holding multiple elections until voters answer their tax increase question correctly, how about they just eliminate “no” as a possible answer? This way, we can end the endless parade of elections whenever voters dare […]

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em … our roads and bridges can use some help

Supporters of increased fuel taxes and car registration fees have argued for years that higher taxes and fees on drivers and vehicles are the only way to fund transportation infrastructure. Using general tax revenue to fund transportation was not appropriate, they said, even taboo. User fees only, they demanded. Well, the Legislature did something interesting […]

Legislature dropped the ball in not reviewing Workforce Development Fund

I’ve reached a conclusion that lawmakers have all the passion for real answers that O.J. Simpson had in his quest for “the real killer.” Let me back up for just a moment: Imagine that your car isn’t working right. More than half the time you press on the brakes, the car doesn’t slow down. This […]

Knock, knock: Otter executive order on federal funding impact really is a big deal

Gov. Butch Otter’s March executive order is probably the most important public policy action of the last few months. What? You didn’t hear about it? Maybe that’s because the order got nearly zero media attention. It’s perplexing why that is. The order calls for state agencies to delineate all the federal funds they’re getting, and […]