Local gas prices up nearly $1 per gallon from this time last year

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gas prices across the country continue to skyrocket, causing severe headaches for millions of Americans. 

OilPrice.com shows the price of gasoline is fluctuating daily, predominantly in the wrong direction. As of Friday, the price was hovering around $3.80. 

The average price of a gallon of gas in Spokane County is currently $4.50. That’s up from $4.20 in April and more than a full dollar more than this time a year ago. 

In Kootenai County, the current gas price is a little over $4.30. 

A gas price relief bill was recently introduced to the Senate in an effort to ensure gas station owners aren’t gouging consumers. 

On Friday, Washington Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA 8) introduced a similar bill she is co-sponsoring called the consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act. 

Schrier says she is “infuriated” that oil companies are making record profits and taking advantage of an international crisis to make a profit.

“There is a way to cover everybody… make sure that no matter where you live in the United States, fewer companies cannot gouge you as a consumer,” she said.

The federal gas tax is currently at 18.4 cents. If passed, the bill would implement a temporary federal gas tax holiday through the end of the year. 

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