Legislature learning how to say ‘no’ to Richardson

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Leading up to this year’s legislative session, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed 2006 the “year of the child” for his policy proposals. The “year of the Legislature” might be a better description of the just-ended session, however. More than any time during Richardson’s administration, lawmakers — particularly [...]

Local taxes could help support spaceport

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The House approved a measure to help finance a proposed spaceport in southern New Mexico, a project that one lawmaker called a “risk of unprecedented proportion” for the state. The bill passed Wednesday allows for local governments to impose a local option gross receipts tax levy to provide money [...]

Senate OKs key piece of spaceport plan

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A key element of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for a spaceport in southern New Mexico won overwhelming support from the Senate on Saturday. By a vote of 36-2, lawmakers approved a measure that authorizes cities and counties to increase gross receipts taxes — with voter approval — to finace [...]

Administration details spaceport plans, some skeptical

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed $225 million facility [...]