WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following isthe daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24: FIRST STATE GAS TAXES
Profile America -- Thursday, February 24th. As automobiles becamemore popular in the early part of the last century, the demand grewfor more and better quality roads. Paying for these soon became aproblem for government at all levels, a problem which has become anannual budget ordeal across the nation. This week in 1919, Oregonbecame the first state to levy a gasoline tax, adding 1 cent agallon and using the funds to build and maintain roads. Today,government at all levels spends $182 billion a year to build,maintain and administer highways across the nation. Taxes at thepump range from a low of 7-1/2 cents a gallon in Georgia to 37-1/2cents in Washington. You can find these and more facts about Americafrom the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7655
Oregon State Archives
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1092, 1090
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau