CDAE Lecturer Richard Watts reflects on the evolution–or lack thereof–of the gas tax in Vermont and its effects on our infrastructure

"When my parents moved to Putney in 1964, we bought our gasoline at the General Store.

The gasoline cost 32 cents a gallon – which, when you adjust for inflation – is about $2.50 today. In fact, when I stopped to buy gas just recently, the cost was $2.30 cents – actually cheaper today, in real terms, than fifty years ago.

At the same time, transportation has changed dramatically. In 1964 it took a half hour to get from Putney to Brattleboro on Route 5. Today you can do the trip in five minutes on I-91."

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Daniel John Kirk