Rio Grande Gaurdian reports that Texas State Sen. Eddie Lucio has placed a rider worth $15 million in the budget to help lure SpaceX to the Lone Star State:
“One of the things I am particularly proud of is the $15 million I put in the budget as a rider that will set us up for SpaceX. It was done at the very end and I worked with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Tommy Williams on it,” Lucio told the Guardian.
“The rider tells SpaceX that the money is waiting for you but you can’t touch any of it until you commit to set up your program here. We are in competition with Florida for the program and we need to do what we can to help them make the right decision.”
Space Exploration Technologies, otherwise known as SpaceX, is considering developing a rocket launching site next to Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville. However, SpaceX found Elon Musk has acknowledged that the company is also considering Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. SpaceX currently sends rockets and other spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida, transporting cargo in space under a contract with NASA.
Asked if $15 million would be enough to get SpaceX to choose Texas over other states, Lucio answered affirmatively. “I tell you why I think it will be enough. Because they love our area. They themselves said $15 million would be ample.”
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