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New Mexico In Focus Looks at the Future of the Spaceport

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On this week's edition of "New Mexico in Focus", the weekly news and public affairs series from New Mexico PBS, the conversation is about the future of Spaceport America near Alamogordo. The programs air Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. on New Mexico PBS 5.1 and repeats on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 7 a.m. The program can also be seen Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. on New Mexico PBS 9.1.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a liability-limiting measure for companies operating from the Spaceport. If the House follows suit, Virgin Galactic may soon start operations in earnest at the Southern New Mexico facility. But what's in store for the Spaceport beyond tourism? NMiF speaks with two men who are looking past a joyride through space.

Also on the program, The Line opinion panel debates if New Mexico focusing its costly tax incentives on the right businesses and what needs to change.

Recent news reports say that seven in ten New Mexico births are paid for by Medicaid. Is the level sustainable? How does it rate relative to other states?

Host: Gene Grant. Correspondent: Matt Grubs. Guests: M. Brian Barnett, CEO, Satwest; Bill McMillan, Co-Founder, New Mexico Aviation Association. Line Guest: Gwyneth Doland, Executive Director, NM Foundation for Open Government. Line Panelists: Dan Foley, Former New Mexico House Republican Whip; Sophie Martin, Editor in Chief, New Mexico Law Review; Rob Nikolewski, Editor, Capitol Report New Mexico.

 

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