This high inflation has led to consumers pulling back on discretionary spending, and essentials such as food and shelter becoming more costly. The cost of groceries, particularly eggs, has risen drastically, while shelter prices account for nearly a third of the overall CPI inflation data. Additionally, migrations within the U.S. and the subsequent effects on local housing markets have contributed to the varying state inflation levels.
According to Justin Theal, an officer with the Fiscal 50 project at Pew Charitable Trusts, elevated inflation across all states is disrupting revenue trends, and no state has gone unscathed in terms of inflation on their state finances. However, American consumers remain resilient amid decades-high inflation.