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That $1,500 Uncle Sam sent you? It went straight into your gas tank.

That was the message delivered Wednesday at Union Station by members of ConnPIRG (Connecticut Public Interest Research Group).

The organization unveiled a new study showing that since the economic stimulus law went into effect Feb. 13—sending families an average of $1,500 in federal tax rebates—the average American household has spent that entire sum on ever-more costly gasoline. Since February, the group reported, the average household;‘s weekly gas bill has climbed from $60 to almost $100.

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