AZ House Speaker Resigns Over Alternative Fuel Debacle

$3-10 million program to encourage less polluting fuels balloons into $483 million state budget buster.

Published: 14-Nov-2000

PHOENIX -- Arizona House Speaker Jeff Groscost resigned Wednesday, a day after his political career was demolished by a voter backlash over a runaway subsidy program for alternative-fuel vehicles that he shepherded to enactment.

Groscost's letter did not refer directly to the controversy, but he said his district's voters "made a clear choice" that he respected.

Groscost, until this fall a rising star in the Arizona GOP, was a crusader for using alternative fuels to help clean the air. His sweetest victory came this spring when the Legislature, in its closing hours, approved his program to give people subsidies to buy cars burning alternative fuels.

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