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The federal gas tax has held steady at 18.4 cents since 1995

The federal gas tax has held steady at 18.4 cents since 1995

Though the federal gas tax hasn’t changed, the average state gas tax has ranged from 21 to 29 cents per gallon since 2000.

Source: 2012, Gas Taxes, Gas Prices, and Fuel Economy
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20% of public resources are used to fund local services in developing countries like Egypt

20% of public resources are used to fund local services in developing countries like Egypt

Industrialized nations spend 50 percent or more on public services, including infrastructure and access to drinking water.

Source: 2013, Improving Public Services and Achieving Sustainable, Inclusive Development
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The annual cost of housing an inmate ranges from $21,006 to $33,930

The annual cost of housing an inmate ranges from $21,006 to $33,930

By contrast, the annual cost of supervision by probation officers in the community is about $3,433 per offender.

Source: 2012, The Growth & Increasing Cost of the Federal Prison System: Drivers and Potential Solutions
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2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11

2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11

Focusing on the degrees awarded by four-year colleges misses much of what postsecondary institutions offer today.

Source: 2014, Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends
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Women are 32% more likely than men to have 4+ credit cards

Women are 32 percent more likely than men to have four or more credit cards

Greater holding of store-branded credit cards may help explain the difference.

Source: 2014, Do Financial Knowledge, Behavior, and Well-Being Differ by Gender?
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Black and Hispanic Americans are 2x as likely to have student loan debt as whites

Blacks and Hispanics are twice as likely to have student loan debt as whites,

Sixteen percent of whites have student loan debt, as do 34 percent of African Americans and 28 percent of Hispanics. 

Source: 2013, Forever in Your Debt: Who Has Student Loan Debt, and Who’s Worried?
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