As workers, families and employers struggle under the weight of nationwide inflation, House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) announced the committee will hold a series of hearings this month that will examine the cause and effect of inflation-induced cost increases.
“People are seeing sticker shock every which way they turn,” Causer said. “Whether it’s gasoline or groceries, utilities or other services, everything is going up in price while many of us are still struggling to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Pennsylvania’s inflation rate was 8.4% between April 2021 and April 2022. Energy prices are up nearly 33% and transportation up nearly 21%. Gasoline alone is up more than 43% and vehicle costs up more than 18%. Food prices are up 9.5% overall, with key staples of meat, poultry and eggs up nearly 15%. Housing costs have risen 7.9%, including fuels and utilities, household furnishings and rent.
“There is no question policies being implemented by Washington, D.C. Democrats and their allies in Pennsylvania are the driving forces behind inflation,” Causer said. “The goal of these hearings is to better understand the policies having the greatest impact, how working people and their families are dealing with inflation, and most importantly what we can do to combat rising costs in the long term.”
Each of the hearings is slated to take place at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The schedule is as follows:
• Wednesday, June 8, at 9 a.m. – What Causes Inflation?
• Thursday, June 9, at 9 a.m. – How Radical Liberal Policies Have Driven Inflation to Historic Highs.
• Tuesday, June 14, at 9 a.m. – The Impact of Inflation on Working People and Their Families.
• Tuesday, June 21, at 9 a.m. – Driving Investment and Creating Growth: The Long-term Solution to Rising Costs.
All hearings will stream live at www.PAGOPPolicy.com
Representative Martin T. Causer
House Majority Policy Committee Chairman
67th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Patricia A. Hippler