Christian Schneider

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Watch Them Fall

Last year, I wrote a research report explaining how the minimum markup law on gasoline forced consumers to pay too much at the pump.  A month ago, the law was declared unconstitutional by a federal court.  Now, we’re seeing gas prices fall, to the benefits of consumers.

These gains may be short lived, however, as Governor Doyle’s new budget imposes a previously-rejected “oil franchise fee” on gasoline.  There is no serious person that believes this tax won’t be passed on to consumers at the pump.

3 Comments

  1. Where do you live? In Milwaukee, they’ve gone up since the ruling.

  2. You need to live by a truck stop, capper. Down on I-94 and Ryan, they’ve been cratering even as the price of oil has gone up.

  3. They’ve been doing that off and on forever. I did notice that prices haven’t dropped as much as the right told me they would. So who’s gouging now?

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