Gov. Jay Inslee will soon sign an executive order aimed at expanding the state’s outdoor recreation industry which produces billions of dollars in spending and tax revenues each year. Inslee’s order will establish a “blue-ribbon” task force to explore ways to better promote the outdoor recreation and tourism sectors.
Task force members will also be asked to suggest long-term sources of funding for managing the state’s cash-strapped state parks system and properties controlled by the departments of Fish & Wildlife and Natural Resources. According to a report issued last ear by the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in the state brings in $22.5 billion spent annually, 226,600 jobs and generates $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenues.
February 21, 2014/M-L Foster, KMAS News