Gas is 17 cents more expensive than it was a week ago...but why? Michigan has seen the nation's highest spike in gas prices over the last couple of weeks, and industry insiders say that it's because of refinery outages and declining supplies.

I was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend for my high school reunion, and my dad made a comment about gas prices being "high." The average price there is $2.08, while the average price in Michigan is significantly higher. I paid $2.29 at a station in Muskegon yesterday.

Isn't it nice how the oil companies always have cute little excuses about refineries, outages, etc.? When I see an oil executive struggling to feed his/her family, I'll believe it. Until then, I think it's gouging.