OUR VIEW: How are rising prices impacting you?

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, June 7, 2022

If I’d told you a few years ago, that you’d suddenly wake up and see gas prices around $4.30 a gallon, you’d probably wonder what in the world happened.

Maybe you’d think you were in California, or at least some other state where gas prices are typically much higher than what we see in Georgia.

But no, that’s our actual reality in 2022, and believe it or not Georgia has the lowest fuel prices in the country, according to AAA. Yes, lowest in the country at $4.30.

California’s prices average out to about $6.30, though a national story over the weekend showed one station with prices right around $10 a gallon. Let’s hope we never get to that point here.

The debate over why this is happening could probably start more than a few fistfights, whether you believe the Biden administration is to blame or whether you believe the Russian invasion of Ukraine caused most of this inflation. Or both.

Regardless, it is our reality, it’s out of control, and it needs to change.

It’s clear that Governor Brian Kemp’s suspension of the state gas tax has made some difference in Georgia. He extended that suspension until mid-July.

We applaud that step, but more must be done by our leaders — Republicans and Democrats.

It’s going to cost the average family a lot more to go on vacation this year, and some might not be able to afford it at all.

With that in mind, we’d love to hear from our readers. Have you changed your summer plans at all due to rising costs? Have you canceled a trip entirely? We want to hear how this is impacting real people. Email us at news@lagrangenews.com or give us a call at (706) 884-7311.