The Michigan House Democrats introduced a resolution yesterday calling for an investigation into Michigan’s high gasoline prices, which were recently named the highest in the continental U.S. State RepresentativeHenry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) supports the resolution, which urges state Attorney General Bill Schuette to open an investigation into recent high gas prices and prosecute any producer, wholesaler or retailer suspected of price fixing.

“Many residents in my district have at least a half-hour commute to work each way,” said Yanez. “These gas prices are putting an unnecessary strain on their household budgets, and they deserve to know the reason this is happening.”

A recent survey by AAA of Michigan found that Michigan’s average price of gasoline stood at $4.22 per gallon, compared to a national average of $3.64 per gallon, making Michigan the state with the highest gas prices in the continental U.S. Michigan’s high gasoline prices have been blamed on refinery problems in Illinois and Indiana that have caused a shortage of gasoline, but reporters looking into the issue have said that details about the refinery problems are hard to come by.

“This investigation needs to be at the top of the attorney general’s priority list, and swift action must be taken against anyone price gouging,” continued Yanez.

Yanez urges citizens to join the effort to open a gas price investigation. Voters can sign a petition at to join the call for an investigation.