Minnesota fines filling stations over gas prices

State cracks down on stations with gas prices that are too low

Yes. You read that right. Some rogue oil companies are pricing their gasoline too low. The bastards.

Under Gov. Jesse Ventura, the state adopted a law in 2001 that prohibits gas stations from selling gas without taking a minimum profit. These days, they must charge at least 8 cents per gallon, plus taxes, more than they paid for it.

On Friday, the Commerce Department announced a $70,000 fine against Arkansas-based Murphy Oil for breaking the law at its 10 stations in the state, based at Wal-Mart stores and elsewhere. They also fined Kwik Trip Inc. $5,000 for violations at one station in Apple Valley.

The two are the first fines levied under the law, which is similar to minimum-price laws in about a dozen states. Another two dozen have broader laws banning predatory pricing.

I understand the intent of the law. And I understand why such safeguards might be needed.


Also, in Michigan, mergers are blamed for higher prices. And the source of fear about the end of competition.


  1. It is the end of the free market and the begionning of the anti-Wal-Mart period. Great! We’re telling China to be more like us and now we are becoming more like them. OT Anybody read This Bill Clinton Book Spoof? I laughed out loud. All important character from his presidency are in it. A good read.