Governor Tony Evers signed an Emergency Order # 170 on Tuesday, banning petrol and diesel prices. Due to rising oil demand, limited global supply and low refinery capacity, states across Wisconsin have raised significant prices for gasoline and diesel. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the current national average price of gasoline is about $ 4.97. In Wisconsin, the current average is slightly below the national average of about $ 4.83.
“National inflation is causing the prices of everyday household appliances and pumps to rise, and Wisconsinites across our state are struggling to keep up,” Governor Evers said. “This Emergency Order helps prevent bad actors from taking advantage of Wisconsin drivers when filling a tank for work, school, supplies and resources for their businesses or marketing their product.”
The ordinance declares that a period of abnormal economic disturbance exists in the state of Wisconsin and prohibits gasoline and diesel prices until December 1, 2022. Customers are encouraged to contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Customer Care to lodge a complaint by visiting datcp.wi.gov or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128.
In addition to signing an emergency order, the governor renewed his call in March for the federal government to take action to suspend federal gas tax. Governor Evers today sent a letter calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive federal reformed gas requirements for six Wisconsin counties, including Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha. . The waiver of requirements is expected to save consumers in these counties more than 30 cents per gallon, and save about $ 100 over the next six months.
Gov. The move comes as Evers also sent a letter to Congress leadership earlier this month in favor of the passage of S. 4217, the Transportation Fuel Market Transparency Act, which recently advanced to the US Senate floor. The Transportation Fuel Market Transparency Act increases transparency in the petroleum market price and protects consumers from price manipulation in the fuel market. In particular, the bill reinforces the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to go after false market data designed to increase fuel prices, to create new oversight of petroleum distillation markets, including crude oil, gasoline, diesel and home heating oil, to ensure competitive market prices. Actors deliberately raise fuel prices and penalize these bad actors.
The governor previously joined eight other Midwest governors in support of the EPA’s decision to issue a temporary waiver to allow the sale of E15 fuel this summer, which is generally cheaper for consumers, and forces the EPA to permit the permanent sale of the E15. Fuel.
Earlier this year, the government called a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to use a portion of the state’s $ 3.8 billion grant to provide immediate assistance and support to Wisconsinites to address rising costs, including an additional $ 150 reimbursement for each Wisconsin resident. Under the governor’s plan, a family of four, for example, will receive $ 600 to cover the rising costs of a gas pump and grocery store checkout. Unfortunately, the Legislature adjourned to the General Session in March after leaving the governor’s special session without action.
Executive Order # 170 is available here.
The online version of this release is available here.