Outdoor recreation industry added $13.6B to Pa. economy in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

Happy weekend, all. 

Pennsylvania’s booming outdoor recreation industry continued to grow in 2021, according to new data.

A report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, including 152,000 jobs, and 1.6 percent of the commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Outdoor recreation continues to be a thriving and significant industry within the commonwealth and this data helps us better understand what we are doing well, while also providing guidance on where we can grow this industry for its own sake and to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians.” Pennsylvania Director of Outdoor Recreation Nathan Reigner said. “Unlike economic development through other industries, development through outdoor recreation also stimulates physical health, mental wellbeing, social cohesion, and environmental sustainability.”

The $13.6 billion outdoor recreation added to the GDP is a 22 percent increase from 2020.

Nationally, outdoor recreation generates $862 billion in economic output, accounting for approximately 3 percent of all jobs in America.

“The BEA data underscores how important it is to invest in public lands, waters and infrastructure for all types of recreation in Pennsylvania,” Jessica Turner, president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said.

As always, the top five stories from this week are below. 

Lt; Gov. John Fetterman in his Capitol office (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

1. No, John Fetterman isn’t wearing a tie. And you need to stop talking about that | John L. Micek

So, this isn’t a “John Fetterman” column. And you know what we’re talking about here.

After more than two years on the statewide political stage, there’s already a well-established journalistic shorthand for Pennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor.

It’s the lather, rinse, repeat formula of “black clothes, bald head, tattoos, gosh he’s tall but skinnier, cheerleader for the struggling steel town of Braddock, Pa.” that’s launched a thousand profiles — including a recent one by NYMag.com.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro (R)
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2. Pa’s 2022 candidates — and their stances on LGBTQ issues — take the national stage | Analysis

With mere weeks till Election Day, more than ten percent of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided in two of the most critical races in the country: John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate, and Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano for governor.

Whoever wins Pennsylvania’s Senate race could determine which party holds a majority in Washington. Whoever is elected governor will not just impact the state — including LGBTQ policy — but will have influence over the 2024 presidential election as well.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R)
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3. Oz clarifies abortion views, Fetterman capitalizes on conflicting views in Senate race

Pennsylvania’s position as an abortion battleground state is taking shape in the U.S. Senate race, with John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee, capitalizing on conflicting statements from Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent, in the high-profile contest.

Fetterman, who said he would support codifying Roe v. Wade if elected, has recently focused on Oz, who clarified his stance on abortion this month, and his views on reproductive health.

Oz told reporters at a press conference in Philadelphia this month that he would not support criminal penalties for people who sought or doctors who performed abortions. Describing himself as “strongly pro-life,” he added that he supports exceptions for rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk.

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4. Voters Guide 2022: What to know about Pa.’s races for governor and U.S. Senate

Every election is consequential. But when Pennsylvania voters cast their ballots this midterm campaign season, the eyes of the nation will be on them.

In addition to races for the General Assembly and Congress, Keystone State voters will choose candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate. You can check out our Election 2022 page for full coverage on the candidates and the issues and personalities that are shaping these contests.

For information on how to make sure you’re registered and ready to vote in the Nov. 8 election, you can check out our coverage here.

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5. Control of Pa. House comes down to three races in the Philly suburbs

Control of the Pennsylvania House will come down to three narrow races for legislative districts in the Philadelphia suburbs.

In Bucks County, Democrat Mark Moffa held a two-vote lead over Republican Joe Hogan in the 142nd House  District and Democrat Brian Munroe had a 406-vote lead over Republican Todd Polinchock in the 144th District, according to unofficial results Thursday.

And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.

Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Cassie Miller

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