Michigan gas prices reach record highs as inflation crushes family budgets
Prices continue to soar around the state
The average price of gas in Michigan has hit a new high of $4.61 per gallon, according to AAA. That is an increase of 5 cents in the last week and 59 cents since this time last month – and $1.56 higher than at this time last year.
“Despite the slight decrease in demand, Michigan gas prices continue to increase, setting a new record high,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Pump prices will likely face upward pressure if gasoline stocks continue to decrease and oil prices remain above $105 per barrel.”
Around the country, many states have issued a temporary pause on state gas taxes to give consumers relief at the pump.
Although Michigan currently has the sixth-highest gas tax in the nation with a total of $0.64 per gallon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a similar pause on Michigan’s gas tax earlier this year.
She previously proposed to triple the state gas tax in 2019.
Additionally, Whitmer has remained committed to closing down the Line 5 pipeline, which would result in prices rising even more.
Tourism could take a hit this summer people are unable to take their traditional breaks up north.