New Mexico auditor alleges taxpayer funds wasted by Environment Department

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OSA states NMED upgraded airline seating from economy to business class totaling to nearly $30,000 for two seats to Sydney, Australia

State Auditor Joesph Maestas sent NMED a letter alleging Cabinet Secretary James Kenney and its division director “misspent or misused public funds” on a trip to Sydney, Australia, to attend the Asia Pacific Hydrogen Summit to take part in a public announcement by Star Scientific—an Australia-based hydrogen research and development company in October 2023. Star Scientific selected New Mexico as the location to open a U.S. campus.

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