Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order to stem the rise in petrol and diesel sales as the state saw record high gas prices.
In order, Evers said rising oil demand, global supply constraints and diminished processing capacity have led to “significant price increases” in Wisconsin and across the nation.
“National inflation is causing the prices of everyday household appliances and pumps to rise and Wisconsinites across our state are struggling to keep up,” Evers said in a statement. “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.”
According to the American Automobile Association, the average price of a gallon of gas is about $ 4.82 on Tuesday, while the national average is $ 4.96 per gallon.
An abnormal economic disruption exists in the state and the price hike is prohibited until December 31st. Wisconsin law prevents gas stations from raising prices more than once in 24 hours, but the state does not limit how many retailers can mark up gas prices.
The governor’s order would block any drastic increase in gas prices until December.
Evers has renewed calls to suspend the federal gas tax, which is 18.4 cents per gallon. President Joe Biden has said he is likely to decide whether to pursue a gas tax holiday by the end of this week.
Opponents fear that the federal gas tax could help fund road infrastructure projects, and that suspending the tax could affect their ability to pay for road improvements.
Evers joined nearly 40 Republican lawmakers by sending his own letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency to waive federal energy mix requirements in six counties affected by ozone pollution in southeastern Wisconsin. Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Robin Voss, R-Rochester, led a Republican effort asking regulators to remove improved gas requirements to save drivers money.
Reformed gasoline is a blended gas that burns cleaner to reduce vehicle emissions causing smoke or ozone pollution. The need is part of the changes Congress made to the Clean Air Act in 1990.
Former lieutenant governor Rebecca Clefish, who is running for governor, called Evers’ executive order disgusting.
Tony Evers’ rude executive order is nothing more than an election-year stunt that is trying to distance itself from its own failures, including a nearly 40 percent increase in gas tax.
– Rebecca Clearfish (@RebeccaforReal) June 21, 2022
In 2019, Evers proposes to increase Wisconsin’s gas tax from 8 cents to 40.9 cents per gallon. Republican lawmakers rejected Evers’ plan to increase gas taxes and bring back the automatic gas tax index, which was repealed under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.
Clearfish accused Eiden of echoing Biden’s rhetoric on energy and blaming Democratic climate and energy policies for shifting away from fossil fuels due to higher gas prices.
People are encouraged to report any suspected price increases to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by filing a complaint on the agency’s website.