Shock gas, grocery price hikes spur states to pursue tax relief

People shop at a home improvement store in Bethesda, Maryland, on February 17, 2022. - US retail sales boomed in January as shops more than regained ground lost in an unexpected December slump, despite high inflation, according to government data released February 16. Retail sales rose 3.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said, double what was expected and a dramatic reversal of the 2.5 percent decline in December, which was worse than originally reported. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Rapidly climbing inflation in the U.S. is accelerating calls from governors and state leaders to provide immediate tax relief to cash-strapped residents facing higher prices on everyday products such as gas, milk, and electricity.