Podcast: Excise taxes, tariffs and the impact on specialty outdoor retailers.

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This spring, after Washington state legislators rolled out a proposal for a tax increase on outdoor products (HB2122), outdoor industry companies and retailers in the state rallied to oppose the measure.

Known as a “backpack tax,” this targeted fundraising tool has emerged at the state level in the past, but in the current climate of proposed tariff increases and other economic challenges, there’s never been a better time to get a little more educated about the issue.  

In this episode of the Outdoor States Podcast (LINK) Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association, goes deep on the topic in this interview, providing both background and anticipated outcomes.

'Outdoor States' sits down with North Carolina outdoor industry advocate Noah Wilson

The latest episode of the Outdoor States podcast features Noah Wilson, one of Western North Carolina's leading outdoor recreation economy advocates, and a key player in the region's successful efforts to win a $1.8 million Appalachian Regional Commission/POWER grant, which will go toward expanding the outdoor industry and related jobs in the region.

Noah’s work in outdoor industry organizing began with a formative role in the creation of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, and will continue as one of the lead implementers of the broad-based initiatives funded by the ARC/POWER grant.

He’s also very tall.

LINK: Outdoor States podcast with Noah Wilson