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      11-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by MysticBlue View Post
So what's your point. There are a multitude of reasons for differences in gas prices from one state to another. The fact remains, gas in NJ would be cheaper to consumers if they could pump their own. That's not debatable.
The fact that 48 states manage to pump their own without any outcry to end the practice means that 2 states are doing nothing more than creating make-work, non-productive regulations that make no economic sense. That is also not debatable.
I have to disagree that it makes no economic sense. Yes, the government may be creating menial jobs however look at the unemployment rates for both Oregon (37th) and New Jersey (48th) and while that may not be the sole contributing factor to their rankings it definitely eases the burden of the cost of welfare in those states.