MERRILL, Wis. -A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices.

Center City BP owner Raj Bhandari has been offering senior citizens a 2 cent per gallon price break and discount cards that let sports boosters pay 3 cents less per gallon.

But the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those deals violate Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price.

Bhandari said he received a letter from the state auditor last month saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices. The state could penalize him for each discounted gallon he sold, with the fine determined by a judge.

(This story originated from Yahoo News)

The governor of Wisconsin – Jim Doyle – is one of those crybaby, liberal pansies that is demanding Congress impose pricing restrictions on the “Big Oil? companies. Of course he’s just blowing smoke in order to make the home folks think that he is fighting for them. The following excerpt is just one small example of the kind of crap Doyle is shoveling to the Wisconsin voters.

On May 1, 2006, when gas prices topped $3 per gallon, I launched a petition urging the President and Congress to take action to the lower sky-rocketing cost of gasoline. Over 106,000 citizens signed on, sending a clear message to Washington and to the boardrooms of big oil that these excessive profits have got to stop. Regular people need real relief and the way to do it is to cap the outrageous profits of oil companies, repeal these tax subsidies, and promote real competition.

Blah, blah, blah……

You can read the rest of this nonsense HERE! And if that doesn’t convince you that he is an absolute idiot, maybe THIS will.

In reality this “Unfair Sales Act? in Wisconsin is a seriously flawed concept dreamed up by liberal eggheads. However, in their haste to beat on the “Big Oil? monster with their legislative sticks, they failed to take into consideration the negative effects that such laws have on business owners, consumers, and the economy in general. Here is an FTC report specifically about this law.

I’m sure if you were to ask the people in Merrill Wisconsin what they thought about this situation, they would probably tell you that Jim Doyle is not as committed to protecting the gasoline consumer as he is collecting those gasoline taxes.

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