New York Attorney General Proposes to Prohibit Use of Business-related Reasoning in Gasoline Wholesaling

Michael Giberson It sounds kind of funny to say the New York Attorney General wants to prohibit business-related reasoning in gasoline wholesaling. After all, gasoline wholesaling is a business activity and generally business-related reasoning would be entirely appropriate. It sounds like asking a court not to act on law-related reasoning or asking a politician not to … More New York Attorney General Proposes to Prohibit Use of Business-related Reasoning in Gasoline Wholesaling

Zone Pricing Ban Proposal Advances in Connecticut, Zone Price Ban Law in New York Still Not Working

Michael Giberson Gasoline consumers in well-off Fairfield County, CT, pay gasoline prices that tend to be higher than prices in the rest of the state. The consumers don’t like it. State legislators representing the region believe the issue is “zone pricing,” a practice by gasoline wholesalers which sets wholesale prices to different levels in different … More Zone Pricing Ban Proposal Advances in Connecticut, Zone Price Ban Law in New York Still Not Working

An Act Purporting to Ban Gasoline Zone Pricing in Connecticut

Michael Giberson A new legislative session in Connecticut brings with it another bill proposing to ban zone pricing of gasoline in the state. But the simplicity of the proposed bill makes it look like they’re not really trying.  Here is the body of the bill (all of it): AN ACT BANNING GASOLINE ZONE PRICING. Be … More An Act Purporting to Ban Gasoline Zone Pricing in Connecticut

New York Assembly Candidate Proposes to *really* Ban Zone Pricing This Time

Michael Giberson From Politics on the Hudson: Kaplowitz takes on Big Oil, says stronger ban on zone gasoline pricing could create a $1.3 billion “tax break” for New Yorkers. At a news conference today at 12:30 at the Shell Station in Bedford on the corner of Rt. 22 and Rt. 172, State Senate candidate Mike … More New York Assembly Candidate Proposes to *really* Ban Zone Pricing This Time

Girl Scout Cookie Price Gouging?

Michael Giberson Michael Finney observes that Girl Scout cookies sell at different prices in different locations, and he asks (tongue in cheek), is it “Girl Scout cookie price gouging?” No, actually it is more like “zone pricing“ price discrimination – setting the price to a level that the local market will bear. (EDITED, see comments … More Girl Scout Cookie Price Gouging?

New York Politicians Want to Expand Zone Pricing Ban to Protect Wealthy Customers from Slightly Higher Prices

Michael Giberson From Newsday: Two Nassau County legislators Thursday called on the State Senate to join the Assembly in extending the ban on zone pricing for gasoline, which they said unfairly charges more in well-to-do communities than in those less so. For readers not up on their New York geography, Nassau County is the portion … More New York Politicians Want to Expand Zone Pricing Ban to Protect Wealthy Customers from Slightly Higher Prices

New York’s Zone Pricing Ban Not Eliminating Retail Gasoline Price Differences

Michael Giberson At least some retail gasoline consumers in New York expected that the zone pricing ban implemented last year would tend to equalize retail gasoline prices in an area. Rochester TV station WHEC discovers that a year after the law was signed by the governor, and about 10 months after the zone pricing law … More New York’s Zone Pricing Ban Not Eliminating Retail Gasoline Price Differences

Nine Months After the Zone Pricing Ban in New York…

Michael Giberson New York banned “zone pricing” of gasoline as of last November. In the news: (Henrietta, N.Y.) – Nine months after a state law banning zone pricing for gas went into effect, drivers can still find about a 20 cent per gallon disparity in price depending on where they buy it. For example, gas … More Nine Months After the Zone Pricing Ban in New York…

Repugnance, Outrage, and Other Moral Excuses

Michael Giberson Bryan Caplan, in How Wise is Repugnance?,  questions Leon Kass’s argument that “repugnance is the emotional expression of deep wisdom.” (From Kass’s essay, “The Wisdom of Repugnance.”) Kass runs through a list of things that he thinks the reader will accept as obviously repugnant (incest, bestiality, mutilating corpses, cannibalism, and so on) and … More Repugnance, Outrage, and Other Moral Excuses

Hartford Courant Editorializes Against Zone Pricing Ban in Connecticut

Michael Giberson From the Hartford Courant (May 11, 2009): A bill in the General Assembly that would force gasoline wholesalers to charge the same price to retail dealers across Connecticut would likely raise the price of fuel for most motorists and make the market less responsive to competition. Legislation to ban so-called zone pricing has … More Hartford Courant Editorializes Against Zone Pricing Ban in Connecticut