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Midland Councilman Blasts Continued Spending on Spaceport Without Launches

21 Oct 2019, 08:35 UTC
Midland Councilman Blasts Continued Spending on Spaceport Without Launches
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The city of Midland — its dreams of flight to suborbital spaceflight dashed by the bankruptcy of XCOR Aerospace — continues to spend money trying to attract tenants to its west Texas spaceport. The question is whether the city is merely throwing good money after bad?

Texas Scorecard reports:

At a recent Midland City Council meeting, Councilman Spencer Robnett blasted continued spending on the project, saying that, to date, more than $20 million in taxpayer funds have been spent. He asked fellow council members to take a critical look at the cost.“I think that the longer we perpetuate the myth of Midland being a town of a spaceport … we will continue to waste taxpayer dollars on it,” Robnett stated. “The fact that we think we can turn the largest secure oil field in the world into a spaceport town and that we will waste tax dollars doing it … I just can’t get on board with that.”Councilman J. Ross Lacy, who recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress, quickly responded to Robnett’s remarks, stating funds used for the spaceport are “not tax dollars.” Lacy has long been a strong proponent of the spaceport.“These are City of Midland airport dollars,” ...

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