- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A task force created by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year is making several recommendations on how to grow the state’s outdoor industry and increase participation in outdoor recreation.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation on Tuesday recommended 12 actions, including the creation of a coordinating council on outdoor recreation and to spend more money on outdoor programs for children. The task force also calls for eliminating policy and tax barriers to outdoor recreation, and cite changing the state tax policy to encourage owners of large boats to spend more time in Washington state waters.

Inslee formed the 29-member task force in February. The group has held five public meetings since then. Inslee called the recommendations “well thought out and practical” and says he will work with the Legislature to see if they can be enacted.

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