Selling the Spaceport: If at First You Don’t Succeed…


There’s still a week to go until the start of the 2016 legislative session, but no bills relating to “Spaceport America” have been drafted.

That’s disappointing, because as the Pew Research Center reports, several states “see an opportunity to sell properties not even a governor can love.”

Governor Nikki Haley says her state has “a lot of money pits,” and she intends to “get rid of them.” Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina are looking to unload real estate, too.

As for New Mexico’s spaceport, in the 2015 regular legislative session, Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup) sponsored a bill to sell off the white elephant. It didn’t get much attention, and didn’t make much progress. So far, there’s no indication that Munoz will make another attempt.

Too bad. With the state’s fiscal condition worsening by the day, every dollar counts, and all failed, anti-taxpayer schemes for “economic development” deserve to be soldĀ to the highest bidders.