As I go to check out at a store, I am probably paying more than I should because of a 78-year-old archaic law that forces general merchandise sales to be 9.2 percent over cost. Now, The Journal Times has editorialized on this issue on Feb. 22, 2009 — “Strike Out The Minimum Markup”, then on Sept. 10, 2010 — “Erase the Monstrosity of the Minimum Markup,” then again on Sept. 9, 2015 — “State's Minimum Markup Overdue To Go.”
Did anyone who represents us in Madison listen? Maybe they should have read these editorials. On Sept. 14, 2015, state Rep. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, and Rep. Jim Ott , R-Mequon, wrote an op-ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel entitled “Repeal Wisconsin's Illogical Minimum Markup Law.” The last paragraph in this op-ed said, “In the coming weeks, we look forward to introducing legislation that will repeal the state' s Unfair Sales Act. We're confident our legislative colleagues will support this common sense repeal. It's long overdue.”
On Feb. 6, 2016, Mike Nichols, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, wrote an op-ed piece in the Green Bay Press Gazette headlined “Minimum Markup Isn't American Way” stating why the law is hurting the consumer. If you Google “Wisconsin Minimum Markup Law” you'll find many more articles on this issue.
Well, I wrote Rep. Thomas Weatherston, R-Caledonia, last year and again this year asking him to inform his electorate why he and the representatives in Madison haven't repealed this law in the last seven years.