Study confirms tourism industry’s $33 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s economy

November 14, 2012 – A report issued by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee today found that tourism was one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $33 billion annually into the state’s economy, while generating $3.4 billion in tax revenues and supporting over 13,000 jobs.

“Today’s report reminds us, once again, that arts and culture are vitally important to our region’s economy,” said Farnese.  “We should do all we can to support and grow these institutions.”

The report also found that Pennsylvania  ranked 23rd among all states for per capita spending on the arts, and that recent budget cuts have hit museum funding harder that other state agencies.  “We have more work to do, but the economy is improving and I will continue to fight for investment in one of our region’s most important economic engines,” added Farnese.  “This is a big step toward the goal of finding solutions to arts and culture funding in Pennsylvania.”

Farnese was a cosponsor of the Senate Resolution that commissioned the report, S.R. 268, and is a founding member of the General Assembly’s new Arts and Culture Caucus.

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Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at