Richardson believes Spaceport America in particular, and space commercialization in general, can be an important piece of New Mexico's future economy. And most of the economic benefit will land in our backyard, it was reported in the Las Cruces Sun-News.
Despite the influence of Florida, Texas and California, Richardson avers his western state of New Mexico makes more sense than any of them for commercial space travel. The governor frequently notes that there is history, expertise, great flying weather, lots of open space and sparsely populated land and, because of the altitude, the first mile's free in New Mexico.
With but a few days until the April 22 vote in Sierra County, New Mexico on a gross recepits tax to support the construction of the spaceport, Richardson may be telling the story more over the next few days.