The Governor of California released the May Revise of the California State budget and I find it interesting to note the minimal acknowledgement of the outdoor recreation industry in the document. The Outdoor Foundation reports that the California active recreation economy contributes $46 billion annually to California’s economy, supports 408,000 jobs across California, generates $3.1 billion in annual state tax revenue, and produces $28.1 billion annually in retail sales and services across California.
While we are pleased that drought resiliency is noted with a road map to sustainable water management, there is only a rather short section on natural resources, and a mere paragraph on Department of Parks and Recreation and the 2015 Transformation Team to “strengthen state parks through a series of initiatives supporting strategic goals.” There is a clear need to address tree mortality and include language about environmental protection
We are pleased that federal initiatives and the potential legislation have been introduced in D.C. I challenge all of us in the outdoor recreation industry to create and share a common message to engage our state legislators and other elected officials to acknowledge the impact that the outdoor recreation industry has on the California economy.
Below is how to contact our local representatives: