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Gas price laws don't hurt consumers, says Maryland petroleum group

Pete Horrigan wasn't happy with what I wrote about gas prices recently when reader Townson Burkindine asked if there was a Maryland law preventing individual retailers from selling below cost.

Horrigan, who is with the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association, accused me of presenting only one side of the argument so I'm going to share his letter with you to present the other side. This is his response to my answer to Burkindine's question (ed note: sorry about the all caps. I'm just sharing verbatim what Horrigan wrote, except that I added parentheses around his writing to make it a little easier to follow.):

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Sorry Pete, I should have called you guys for a comment. But most of the time when I do those Q&As, I usually just try to answer the question without always saying who is right or wrong. In this case, I did throw in MPPI's opinion so I should have called the other side, too. My apologies.

So there you have it. The other side. What say you, readers? Are the laws good for consumers or not so great for consumers. You decide.


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