Gov. Bill Richardson was one of a number of high-profile public officials who urged residents of
“I’m here to ask all
The event was sponsored by People for Aerospace, the group formed to promote approval of the tax increase on April 3, when the question will be asked of voters. Richardson and other leaders spoke to dozens of dignitaries, members of the media and hundreds of middle school students.
Doña Ana County Commissioner Kent Evans, making his first public appearance since having a cancerous tumor removed from his colon last week, said he believes Spaceport
“Its birthplace will reap untold economic benefits for the people of
Commissioner Bill McCamley, co-chair of People for Aerospace, asked the students in attendance to urge their parents to vote for the tax increase.
“There are very few times in the history of a community when a decision will so affect its future,” he said. “Voting yes means voting for jobs, voting for education, and voting for the future.”
Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace agreed.
“We need a ‘yes’ vote on this spaceport initiative,” he said.
Opponents protest outside rally
As the pep rally went on inside the school’s gymnasium, about a dozen protesters stood on the shoulder of nearby
“No new taxes,” Vado resident Mitch Boyer yelled at passing motorists.
Arturo Uribe, a resident of
“You’ve got people for aerospace. We’re people for a safer place,” he said. “We support a spaceport. What we don’t support is a 1/4 percent for it when we have communities with no basic services.”
McCamley and other supporters cite two studies that predict the spaceport will create thousands of jobs, bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy and increase the tax base in
“This is going to be 5,000 new jobs, and up to $1 billion in new revenue from this new industry, and this is good news because Southern New Mexico, many times, many years, has been neglected, and now the anchor of the space age is going to be right here,”
Uribe doesn’t buy it, and told that to passing motorists.
“You ain’t going to space. I ain’t going to space,” he shouted at a group of students leaving the school on a bus following
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