According to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton the state received numerous complaints of price gouging since Harvey initially made landfall Saturday.
âWe had hotels charging seven or eight times what theyâre supposed to, or their normal rate, weâve had food places charging five times what they should for bread, water being charged $100 a case,â Paxton told the FOX Business Networkâs Stuart Varney on Varney & Co.
But the Attorney General says the stateâs crackdown has been effective, telling Varney, âThe number of complaints coming in has actually declined significantly. We had a lot in the first day on Saturday, itâs gone down a lot.â
Paxton explained that the rule of thumb for officials is to investigate price increases greater than 10%.
âWeâre not going to go after somebody that has a reasonable price increase, especially when we know gas prices are going up. We will go after somebody thatâs charging $20 a gallon which we had an example of recently.â