MacIver’s Nick Novak Discusses State’s Unfair Minimum Markup Law with CBS58

August 20, 2015

[Madison, Wisc…] Nick Novak, Director of Communications for The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, talked with CBS58’s David Ade on Wednesday about Wisconsin’s decades old Unfair Sales Act, better known as the minimum markup law.

From CBS58:

It’s a law that dates back to 1939, and it says businesses cannot sell anything below a price where it would lose money. People who think this law is out of date say the real losers are the consumers. Some legislators have tried to get rid of this decades old law in the past, but it has stuck around.

The free market Wisconsin think tank, The MacIver Institute, is opposed to the law. The group’s spokesman, Nick Novak, said, “It’s unfair to businesses who are trying to expand or maybe break into a market like Meijer, it’s unfair to consumers who are trying to find the best products at the best prices.”

The idea behind the law is to prevent bigger and more powerful stores from dropping prices so low they make it impossible for smaller local companies to stay in business.

State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) says in a statement, “It is not the fundamental role of government to impose an artificial price on consumer goods. The minimum markup is an outdated practice, an unnecessary intrusion into the private sector and the free market. I strongly support the repeal of the law.”

A spokesman for the Senator tells CBS 58 Vukmir is working on a bill to address the law.


Watch the full news segment below: