Executive Vice President El Paso Association of Builders
The tale of the pump is causing issues while apparent inactions by the federal administration go underreported . My latest visit to Costco for fuel saw my jaw drop ( and I ’ m assuming yours as well ) with the price for a gallon of premium gasoline at $ 4.16 a gallon . It is the first time I have ever paid $ 4 a gallon in El Paso , a far cry from the under $ 2 gallon just twenty-six months ago . It is not the only consumable rising but certainly one that sends shockwaves into our pocketbooks and livelihood .
My recent trip to Cincinnati via Southwest took us to Phoenix for an extended layover then to CVG , the Cincy airport . While in PHX we looked for some lunch at the airport . A Mexican food restaurant offered an enchilada
plate for $ 27.99 . Tacos were listed at $ 16.99 , even a taco bowl was over $ 14.00 . I passed on those as I simply could not wrap my brain around a nearly thirty-dollar plate of rolled tortillas with chile sauce . So what ’ s the common ground for gasoline and enchiladas ? Neither one can be justified , plain and simple . It is inflation and it is politics that drives both costs . As you may recall the US was energy independent during the Trump administration , and since the Biden administration arrived a war on drilling and domestic production started . In the new home trade fuel is a major cost , so every time a gallon of fuel goes up the trades and the consumer both lose . I haven ’ t been able to understand the $ 28 enchiladas yet , unless
the sauce is also being imported from somewhere . Enchiladas are not a necessity , but gasoline is . I expect that high interest rates and high gas prices will fall during the first half of 2024 . It is after all an election year . Use your vote . Let me end with a word about Cincinnati . Fabulous . This old German-Irish city welcomed the Association Management Conference with open arms . As a first-time visitor I was surprised at the things to do and see in this city . Three professional teams , a ranked University , cosmopolitan but historic . The beauty of old mixed with a contemporary vibe gives the visitor a reason to go . However , the locals say to visit in late summer or fall , never in winter . I think I ’ ll take that advice .