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Local Dems to introduce gas-price bill

Published: Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


The Vindicator

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, plans to introduce legislation that would create a state commission that would review what gasoline companies charge and require them to justify the prices. Gerberry announced the proposal at a BP station in Liberty Township.

By David Skolnick



Two Democratic state legislators from Mahoning County plan to introduce a bill shortly in the Ohio House to create a state oversight commission requiring gasoline companies to justify what they charge.

The bill creates a 10-member commission that also would review the state’s regulations affecting gasoline supply and prices as well as review and track alternative energy sources, said state Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th.

Gerberry will cosponsor the bill in the House with state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th.

At a Monday press conference at a BP gas station on the corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue in Liberty, Gerberry said he thinks oil companies are engaging in “price gouging.”

The price of regular gas Monday at the BP was $3.959 a gallon, down by about 4 cents from last week.

The cost of gas is about 90 cents more a gallon since January, but some analysts expect a drop of nearly 50 cents a gallon as early as June.

Joe Mlynarski Sr. and his son Joe Mlynarski Jr., both of Liberty, operate a lawn mowing and landscaping business. They were at the BP station spending $42.50 in gas to fill their riding mowers for one days’ work during Gerberry’s press conference. They say they mow about 10 to 12 lawns a day.

“With gas being up, I have to raise everybody’s prices,” said the younger Mlynarski. “It’s impacting business. People can’t afford landscaping because of the gas prices.”

When asked about the commission proposal, father and son agreed that something must be done, but weren’t on board with government involvement.

“Do we want government to step in?” the older Mlynarski said.

“The government is involved in everything, but I don’t know if they should step in.”

John Buccini of Campbell was also at the pump, but he could only swing $10 for a little more than 2.5 gallons.

“We have enough gas on reserve in this country to keep the gas rates down,” he said.

“But we’re not doing anything. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

The legislation is bipartisan, Gerberry said. Gerberry and Hagan, both Democrats, will be the main sponsors of the bill in the House. State Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland, R-18th, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

This is the fifth time Grendell has introduced this bill, and the first time the bill will have sponsorship in the House, Gerberry said.

“Our residents, myself included, are not happy with the oil industry making huge, huge profits in an economic recession,” Gerberry said.

“When oil companies are making record profits, it’s obscene. Oil needs oversight. If the federal government isn’t going to investigate why we have these incredible gas prices, we’ll do it at the state level.”


1jkf573(12 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I see our local answer to Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy are at it again. This is an absurd waste of time. Gas prices are up because oil prices are up. Oil company profits are up because prices are up. Simple concept for anyone with any realistic conception of economics (which doesn't include Messrs. Gerberry and Hagan).

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Companies and how they adjust prices simple amazing ! No one works for less. They all act like they are untouchable ! Eisenhower put a (FREEZE) on all companies. And I think it's time for that again. Say gas is going for $2.50 ! You can't raise that price no matter what. But you can lower it at any time to get business . Then accountability will be in place. But the truth is do you know any COMPANY that is accountable ?

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3haynie9999(25 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Yes something needs to be done, the prices are done by members driving around and seeing what others are charging and they all do it and then they raise up the price nothing to do with the cost. I know because I had done it before for the company. These companies needs to brought on charges, and watch how things change.

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

And where is GOV. K--------KK

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5TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Gerberry and Hagan after a combined over 40 years sucking at the public trough have decided to do something about something that they CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT!!!

Typical publicity stunt to get their names in the news.

Between the 2 of them you could list their lifelong accomplishments on a post it note.

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6mjusino(15 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Prices of gas go up because THEY CAN, plain and simple. This is the biggest joke ever. Just follow the gasoline price timeline in the last 20-30 years and look at all the inconsistencies. "Hey, gas might go up again tomorrow. Better fill up our tanks today." Guess what, they're going to go up anyways and they've just made huge profits. The public plays right into their hands. There is no justification for what they do. They're greedy bastards and they're milking the public dry!

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7walter_sobchak(2306 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I remember when Buckwheat Bobby Hagan tried to get a bill passed to remove sales tax from our natural gas bills and he couldn't get that done. This is just another Hagan joke. Hey, Buckwheat, why not work on changing the way our schools are funded as mandated by the Ohio Supreme Court?

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8republicanRick(1499 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Idiots. Shows just how clueless Gerberry and Hagan are. You can't have government limit how much a company makes!

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9JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"Price controls inevitably create shortages. Everyone should know that"

That's exactly what would happen. For those of you that don't know, review your U.S. history in the early 1970's.

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10mrblue(1142 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey Gerberry, are you and your buddy Hagan going to pay for this new commission or are the taxpayers going to pay?? This has been tried before and got nowhere. Big oil is too powerful and you and Hagan don't have enough clout.

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11Woody(473 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Does Obama know about this? I thought he wanted gas to go to $5-$6 a gallon so people would drive less.

Venezuela to a maximum price on what meat could cost, guess what there was no meat being sold.

This is from Exxon, so you have to consider the source, but gives some good things to think about:


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12palbubba(727 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Another dog and pony show to get free publicity. These two clowns have zero accomplishments in their time in public trough feeding, I certainly couldn't say service. Who makes more money on a gallon of gas, BP or government through taxes? Simple answer, the government, yet no one is enraged at them. How about doing something constructive for a change. Like drilling for the oil we have in Alaska and elsewhere.

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13redeye1(5261 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Gerberry and Hagan all they need now is Betras and we would have the three stooges. These two have not done a thing for this valley or Ohio for that matter. Except maybe lip service. But I blame the people who keep voting them back in. All we ever get is nothing and that's all we will get unless we change our officials in the next election.

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14candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Are you sure it isn't the banks investing Hagans public pension fund on oil speculation that is driving up the price?


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15borylie(900 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The hopes of Obama is to have very high gas and energy prices so that he can continue to beat the drums for green energy. This subject is in almost every speech.

Green energy talk keeps the eco-nuts happy and companies like GE ecstatic. Jeff Immelt is one of Obama's advisors and the CEO of GE.

So all this angst over the cost of energy plays right into the wishes of the White House. Their hope is for the public to back his plans and buy little electric cars.

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