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Is there a way to stall inflation? And, should Texas state law enforcement agencies have equal blame for the poor response to the Uvalde shooting?

Historically, what has worked in stopping inflation and bringing prices down? Two experts join us to help understand and navigate these difficult financial times. Plus, an inside report from the Texas Public Radio newsroom with updates on the Uvalde school shooting testimonies.


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What has caused the high gas price?

War, economy, COVID?

Some think it could be related to refineries, storms we’ve had, infrastructure, employee base, and demand.

What we also wonder about is the comparison of the price of gas to the oil and gas industries’ record profits right now. They are making good money, so how do they justify it?

To help better understand why and to speculate on what we can expect next, business and energy industry experts discuss what exactly has impacted the high prices.

We also discuss federal programs and how they can work to help people understand the policies on the table on how to stall inflation.

Maybe we will see some relief now that President Biden is calling a for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes.

Also, there’s a good chance your salary has not increased at the same rate as inflation, so we take listener calls to hear tips and tricks to help us keep up and afford the things we need.

But first — an update on the Uvalde School shooting from the Texas Public Radio newsroom, where we learn Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin calls Texas Department of Public Safety director’s testimony misleading, saying state law enforcement agencies should have equal blame for the poor response.


Camille Phillips

  • Education reporter, Texas Public Radio

Dietrich von Biendenfeld

  • Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the College of Business at the University of Houston Downtown.

Rusty Braziel

  • Executive Chairman and Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy


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