Gas Prices: Is It Gouging? Or Just the Way Things Are?
Gas Prices: Is It Gouging? Or Just the Way Things Are?
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In North Carolina this morning, the state average for gas was $3.92 a gallon, according to WBTV. That’s up 4 cents in the last 24 hours and up 71 cents from one month ago.

Some of you may be wondering: what does state law have to say about such price increases?

There is one statute, N.C.G.S. 75-38, specific to this topic. It covers price increases during states of disaster or emergency.

Here are more resources that can help you research the issue.

Is North Carolina under a state of emergency?
Actually, yes. Executive Order No. 116, issued way back on March 10, 2020, is still in effect.

What powers does the governor have during a state of emergency?
Read all about it in the Emergency Management Act.

How does gas pricing work anyway?
This article explains it nicely.

What if I want to complain to somebody?
The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is the best place to contact. You can call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or fill out this online complaint form.