After all, funding had been provided for the road previously, but was used instead for operations.
Before agreeing to the
This is a critical juncture for the spaceport, but also a difficult time. The major construction work is done, and the primary tenant has moved in. But that tenant,
It is hoped that testing will be completed and flights started later this year. This is new technology that is being developed, and there are no guarantees. Much better to take the time to ensure the craft is safe than risk a horrible accident.
That has put the Spaceport Authority in a bind. They still have to pay staff, provide infrastructure and public safety for the spaceport so everything is in place when
It hasn't helped that the state reduced the operating budget for the spaceport from
All of this would be much simpler if we knew the exact date that
For those in DoÑa Ana County who have taken on the additional burden of supporting the spaceport through an increase in gross receipts tax, a critical part of making sure the county is ready is construction of the southern road.
Without it, the only access will be through Truth or Consequences, adding greatly to the travel time from
The road has always been part of the selling point for the spaceport. Without it, it's doubtful legislators from
Beyond the issue of basic fairness to taxpayers is the larger issue of economic development. To derive the full benefit of the spaceport, there has to be easy access from
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