Wisconsin families work too hard to let the government waste their money. In the spirit of U.S. Sen. Bill Proxmire, I am continuing his work shedding light on government agencies and projects that waste your hard-earned tax dollars.

The Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska was founded in 1996 with an $18 million earmark and has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars over the years. The PSCA has rarely been used and when it was used in 2014 was the site of a dramatic launch failure. However, just last year the Missile Defense Agency awarded a contract for up to $80.4 million to keep the base open.

Why should we expect taxpayers to sink millions of their hard earned-money into a project that has failed to deliver? It is simple − we shouldn’t. 20 years and well over 100 million dollars later it is time to admit that Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska was a failure and cut our losses. This is especially true since we already have another base in Alaska that is solely dedicated to missile defense. The last thing we should do is throw more money at a failed duplicative program.

The people of Wisconsin shouldn’t foot the bill for wasteful programs. I will continue to keep a close eye on how the government is using taxpayer money and fight against government waste.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind

D-La Crosse

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