Saturday, December 31, 2011
I was shocked when I went to the (normally sedate) New York State Tax Department website this morning. About 20% of the real estate on their front page was given to a rather garish promotion from Gov Cuomo's office concerning issues that had little to do with tax policy (a press release about the upcoming State of the State message and an announcement that the governor is reopening the ice skating rink near the State Capitol for public skating.)Most egregiously, there was an instruction to "Like" Gov. Cuomo on Facebook. ... I was taken aback at the notion that the NYS Tax Dept would tell me to "like" the governor.One can only imagine the outraged reaction if the IRS website frontpage encouraged taxpayers to "like" President Obama and used up 20% of the space on the irs.gov page to promote him!The equivalent at the state level seems equally inappropriate to me. I am interested in whether others agree.