Like many programs, state tourism efforts took a significant hit during the Great Recession. Experts argue, however, that cutting tourism marketing programs can have long-term negative consequences for state economies.

During the 16-day federal government shutdown, states lost substantial tourism revenue with the closure of national parks and monuments. Several states negotiated ad hoc deals with the National Park Service to reopen the parks on a short term basis using only federal workers. Efforts are now underway to reimburse states for the costs associated with opening the parks to the public. 

Ohio Senate Bill 116, introduced by Democratic Senator Eric H. Kearney and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, aims to exempt cities with populations over 50,000 from the state open container laws.  Cities would be able to designate “entertainment districts”, a one-half mile square area within which alcohol could be purchased and carried on the streets.  The idea is modeled after other popular tourist destinations such as New Orleans, LA, Las Vegas, NV, Savannah, GA, and Memphis, TN which allow open containers in some public places.  

Stateline Midwest ~ June 2012

After many years of debate, the Minnesota Legislature has approved a plan to build a new stadium for the Vikings, the state’s National Football League team.

Under HF 2958, signed into law in May, the state will contribute $348 million to the project —...

Tax incentives to attract the filmmaking industry are expected to receive close scrutiny in 2011 by legislatures and newly elected governors in at least three Midwestern states.