From the desk of Jon Snyder
Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee
Outdoor Recreation General election recap:
Legislative: Two appointed legislators easily retained their seats: Sen. Lovelett and Rep. Ybarra.
State: The passage of I-976 will mean the loss of snowmobile funds for snow parks, loss of state multi-modal funds for bike/pedestrian projects and transit and also local funds for bike/pedestrian and transit projects and could jeopardize programs such Trailhead Direct among other impacts.
Local: There were 16 local ballot measures for parks and recreation and 14 passed, a success rate of 87.5%, the best percentage I’ve seen in the four years I have been keeping track. The two failed measures were in Camas (a community center with a parks component failed with 90% opposed) and on Shaw Island (formation of a new parks district failed with 80% opposed). Most of the successful measures were from smaller parks and recreation districts that renew levies every one to two years, but also included Shoreline and East Snohomish County.
National: In Texas Proposition 5, a constitutional amendment which dedicates future sales tax revenue on sporting goods (NOT a new, increased sales tax) for parks, wildlife, and historical agencies passed with 88% approval.
- Audubon warns climate change could put more than half of Washington bird species at risk
- Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington State water
- Bike riders and pedestrians are dying. It’s drawing rare bipartisan focus in Washington, D.C.
- Management plan adds 61,000 acres of wilderness area to Colville National Forest
- A hunt for tribal recognition at the U.S.-Canada border
WA outdoor business news:
Hunting and Fishing news:
None this month
Outdoor recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee
Office: 360-902-0488 Mobile: 360-584-3804
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.