The Rural Patriot

September 15, 2006

Kuhl to Spitzer: Investigate Price Gouging

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer,New York State,Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 9:48 am

From yesterday’s press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 14 – U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport) today called on New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to immediately investigate price gouging related to gasoline sales in New York State.

“I was shocked to drive from New York to Washington and watch the price of gas drop from a high of over $2.80 in the 29th District down to near $2.30 in Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Kuhl. “If the difference in state taxes between New York and Pennsylvania is only eleven cents, then obviously there is something going on in New York if there’s a fifty cent difference in price for the same product. We have price gouging statutes on the books in New York and they ought to be used by the Attorney General to stop this practice from occurring.”

The House of Representatives passed a federal price gouging bill earlier this year that has yet to be taken up by the Senate.

I’m not familiar with the price range of gasoline around the state, but I can tell you that last Saturday I saw $2.45 a gallon in Salamanca, and $2.41 a gallon in Vandalia this past Wednesday.  Yes, this was on the Seneca Nation Reservation, but usually they are just a few pennies below the cost at gas stations not on Seneca land.

I also don’t know the timeframe that Mr. Kuhl refers to; perhaps he is referencing earlier in the summer when our prices were that high.  However, if price gouging has occured in New York State, it does need to be investigated and prosecuted.  I’m curious as to how Mr. Spitzer will respond to Mr. Kuhl’s request.

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