06/06/2005: Gaseous rates rising...
"Following is the daily "Profile America" feature for June 6 from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America Monday, June 6th. With vacation season starting, millions of Americans will take to the highways once again to visit the seashore, the mountains and the nation's national parks. The recent increases in the price of gasoline means that fuel will become a major part of the cost of our vacations.
It was on this day in 1933 that the first federal gasoline tax was levied at the rate of 1 cent a gallon. State taxes at the time were a little over 3-1/2 cents a gallon. Now, state taxes on gasoline vary widely from 30 cents a gallon in Rhode Island to 7-1/2 cents in Georgia. In 1970, the average vehicle in the U.S. got 12 miles to the gallon now, that figure is 17 miles per gallon.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970."
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 06.06.05 @ 05:39 AM CST