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In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

Gains of $769 million from new, current, and previously lapsed donors were nearly canceled out by losses of $735 million.

Source: 2013, 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
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Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at
$290 million in 2007

Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at $290 million in 2007

In 2007, Atlanta’s underground sex economy was nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.

Source: 2014, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities
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Today, Gen X and Gen Y have less wealth than their parents did at that age 25 years ago

Today, GenX and GenY have less wealth than their parents did at that age 25 years ago.

Why? The foreclosure crisis was key, with home equity falling 65 percent from 2007-10 among Gen X and Y.

Source: 2013, Lost Generations? Wealth Building among Young Americans
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Only 1% of students who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2004 had accumulated up to $50,000 in debt

By 2008, the number rose to 3 percent; by 2012, it was up to 10 percent.

Source: 2015, Student Debt: Who Borrows Most? What Lies Ahead?
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Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

There are many ways to assess education’s payoff, but the earnings gap for all those wanting employment is vast.

Source: 2014, Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends
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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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