Gas price investigation strikes again

(WEAU) - Why gas prices are so high in Eau Claire has always been a mystery, but David Duax has finally had enough and is proposing another study.

"I think its going to help provide some answers because quite frankly after the study from justice department, we were left with no answers and no real remedies," said City Council member, David Duax.

Duax has two professors from UW-Eau Claire helping to conduct the study, Dr. Ryan Weichelt of Geography and Anthropology and Dr. Laura Middlesworth of economics.

"Some kind of spatial analysis would tell us where the pricing is throughout Wisconsin in the upper Midwest and how we compare to that," said Duax.

The professors plan to do the study for free and recruit students to help.

"The number one most important thing is to help students make connections between what their learning in the classroom and what's going on in the real world," said Economics professor, Laura Middlesworth.

The group plans to propose the study to the Fiscal Advisory Committee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile drivers feel that the study will be a good idea, because they're sick and tired of having to pay.

"Every time you stop at the gas pump it certainly is a painful experience, yea that sounds like a good idea to me," said driver, Wally Lafrancis.

"I really hope they come up with something to get it lowered because it really hurts the economy and tourism and everything else," said Mary Jo Rathke.

The data analysis should begin over the summer and have a report ready by fall.

“When you have to, like I said, sell your soul to fill your gas tank it's pretty sad,” said Rathke.

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