Gas tax holiday

May 2, 2008

Various media reports are incorrectly attributing to CBO a figure (that the average driver would save about $30 this summer) associated with a gas tax holiday. CBO has not published such a figure and the citations to CBO are inaccurate.

This misattribution raises a larger point. CBO is a nonpartisan organization, and we are not in the business of scoring or evaluating campaign proposals. In some cases, CBO may have previously estimated or evaluated a proposal similar to one subsequently proposed in a campaignand those estimates generally are available on our website.

The bottom line: If you read something suggesting that we have issued numbers or an analysis about a campaign proposal, you should be skeptical -- and also let us know.