LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Midwestern governors should actively look into why gas prices are higher in their states than other places, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday on his weekly radio show.
''We should inquire as to why gas prices are being raped and pillaged, and I'll use that word. ... Why are the prices soaring in the Midwest, and they're not soaring everywhere else? It's terrible,'' he said from Los Angeles, where he was wrapping up a six-day California trip.
Back in Minnesota, Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and Sen. Dallas Sams, who chairs the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, asked Ventura to set up a task force that would come up with ways to help farmers cope with rising fuel costs.
Moe, DFL-Erskine, and Sams, DFL-Staples, said high fuel prices could hit farmers hard at harvest time.
''If these high prices persist, it will be another year of economic turmoil for farmers trying to bring in their crops,'' Moe said.
Federal officials met for two hours with refiners Monday, and the Environmental Protection Agency's top air pollution official said he heard ''no good explanation'' for the price difference.
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