No (cheap) gas for you!
I don't write about politics much anymore, but that doesn't mean I'm uninterested in policies. As such, I'm always interested when I get mail from The Institute for Justice. This "merry band" of lawyers consistently fights the good fight (they are the folks behind Kelo, among other cases).
I'm excited to see that IJ is taking on one of Wisconsin's more odious laws: The Wisconsin Unfair Sales Act, which "makes it illegal to sell gasoline without marking it up either 6 percent over cost or 9.18 percent over the local wholesale price-whichever is higher."
Here in Madison, the local grocery store chain, Woodman's, used to offer a modest 3 cents/gallon discount for store customers. But because the law is so silly that state itself is unsure of when to enforce it, the deal was discontinued.
I read today that Wisconsin ranks 5th lowest among the 50 states and DC in job growth in the last year. The state is facing a huge budget deficit. Yet apparently our lawmakers are really concerned about protecting us from the evils of discounted gas. It's a good thing they have their priorities straight.
Posted by at August 19, 2007 07:22 PM
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|# August 21st, 2007 9:22 PM themandownthehall|
|I was just up your way. Well, actually a bit south. Took the brood to Chicago for a week. I was forced to overhear a woman from New York telling everyone why 1, Hillary is so good for the country, 2, Socialized medicine is good (because the lack of it has caused malpractice insurance to skyrocket. Yes, she actually said that), 3, How Rudy was nothing because all he did was run a city into the ground.
It took every ounce of restraint to not reach back behind me and grab her by the lapels and tell her that if she can't say something with some brain power behind it then to just shut up... Dang, I'm glad I'm in a purple state. At least here in NC, the dems have to try to argue with some intellectual backing. Obviously not in NYC...
My wife heard me grunting and "deep breath sighing" and when I told her what was up (she was across the aisle and was not privy to the conversation), she was impressed by my restraint.