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Florida is Getting Greedy About Human Space Flight

By Keith Cowing
September 21, 2011
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Florida raises concern over Wallops expansion, Orlando Sentinel
“The most pressing issue for the Florida workforce is the sense of betrayal that their tax dollars might be used in establishing a competing orbital human spaceflight launch capability in another state when they have so well and ably done the job here in Florida,” wrote Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. Added Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida, suggested the work could be “duplicative” and raised the possibility of holding a public meeting down in Florida.”
Keith’s note: Why shouldn’t every state in the union have a chance to participate in human space flight? People who live in other states pay tax dollars too – and they have watched their tax dollars go to Florida for half a century for human space flight activities.

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