The State Of Our Union Is Getting More Expensive

March 2 2022

The American Economy Is In Crisis And Inflation Is Crushing Michiganders

“Our Union is in peril under Democrats like Joe Biden and Gretchen Whitmer,” said Gustavo Portela, MIGOP Communications Director. “As Americans face record-high inflation, surging crime rates, and soaring energy costs, it’s clear we are in crisis. These problems fall squarely on Joe Biden and Gretchen Whitmer’s policies, which have simply devastated the economy. Fortunately, Michiganders will be able to hold Democrats like Gretchen Whitmer and Joe Biden accountable this November.”

  • The failures of Biden and Whitmer left our nation and our state weaker, less prosperous, and more divided – we need a change in leadership.
  • Last night, Biden delivered his State of the Union address.
  • Consumer prices have risen 7.5 percent in the last 12 months which is the highest rise since 1982.
  • Americans are paying more at the grocery store; in the last 12 months:
    • The cost of food increased by 7 percent
    • The cost of meat increased by 13.6 percent
    • The cost of eggs increased by 13.1 percent
    • The cost of milk increased by 6.8 percent
    • The cost of bacon increased by 18.1 percent
  • The cost of food in Detroit increased by 9.6 percent in the last 12 months, a higher rise than the national average.
  • According to U.S. Labor Department data, in the Detroit metro area:
    • The cost of rent increased by 6.7 percent
    • The cost of buying a new car or truck increased by 37.9 percent
    • The cost of regular unleaded gas increased by 56.4 percent
    • Household energy increased by 8.5 percent
  • The Detroit Free Press sent staffers to a Kroger and made some startling discoveries about how much the price of basic staples has gone up.
    • The price of Land O Lakes butter jumped to $5.79.
    • Bacon was priced at $9.99 per pound.
    • The Detroit Free Press also found that Meijer was selling ground beef at $5.99 per pound which was up from $3.99 per pound just a few weeks ago.
  • Gasoline is averaging $3.619 in Michigan which is higher than the national average.
    • According to AAA, Michiganders who have an average sized gas tank of 15 gallons will pay $53 to fill up their tank.
    • AAA Spokeswoman Adrienne Woodland: “Surging oil prices have put upward pressure on Michigan pump prices pushing them to the highest prices since September 2014.”
    • GasBuddy analyst Patrick De Haan expects gas prices to exceed $4 per gallon by the spring.
  • Whitmer’s actions are hurting gas prices in Michigan.
    • Whitmer is still attempting to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.
      • A Line 5 pipeline shutdown will cause a 756,000 gallon per day shortage of crude and cause 5.4 billion in economic damages and jeopardize thousands of skilled trade and union jobs.
      • Half of Michigan’s propane demand would be under threat and up 24,000 homes in the state may not have their energy needs met.


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