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Illinois Proposes $5 ‘Skin Tax’ for Strip Clubs: Do You Support Sin Taxes?

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ABCNEWS.GO.COM reports:
(Image credit: LM Otero/AP Photo) So-called “sin taxes” exist for smoking, gambling and alcohol, so Illinois State Sen. Toi Hutchinson says it’s about time there was a “skin tax” for strip clubs. Hutchinson, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the state legislature on Feb. 7 that proposes  a $5 tax for the entry of each customer admitted into a live adult entertainment facility. Called the “Live Adult Entertainment Facility Tax Act,” the proceeds would go to a proposed fund, the Sexual Assault Prevention Fund, with the state’s treasury. Also the state’s  Department of Human Services would make grants from the fund to sexual assault organizations…


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  • Chibi Guru Z 2012/08/21 20:00:40
    No
    Chibi Guru Z
    +3
    Proposed "Sexual Assault Prevention Fund" is, in other words, another piggy bank politicians can dip their hands into. You know, like "Social Security"...

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  • P. Sturm 2012/09/13 04:52:44
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    As long as they aren't ridiculous, like this one.
  • boss hawg 2012/09/01 02:18:45
  • pantagruella 2012/08/31 23:16:33
    Yes
    pantagruella
    Render under Caesar what is Caesar's.
  • Sew 2012/08/24 20:23:42
    No
    Sew
    Because what you consider a sin is just opinion. Social engineering and a method to make the wrong people richer.
  • Michael 2012/08/23 05:02:47
    No
    Michael
    THERE'S A LEAP, funding sexual assault organizations, not even the victims, to justify another way to ply $ out of people. Please explain the logic. Why don't they tax provocatively dressed women in public, like the Mullahs punish them, for causing sexual assaults..
  • anamika 2012/08/22 06:47:17
    No
    anamika
    i think the meaning of "sin" is different for everyone
  • ConservativeMom 2012/08/22 04:24:22
    No
    ConservativeMom
    Well...let's see if I understand this...we live in the U.S. where the Constitution states that we have seperation of church and state...which was supposed to mean that the government couldn't tell us where and how to worship, or whether we had to worship or believe in God or a higher power....yet our government can charge us a sin tax which would mean that they are religously telling us what a sin is...does anyone else see the twisted incongrouity in this or am I the only one? And yes...I believe in God and Jesus....but I see that our government has become twisted...
  • James 2012/08/22 02:27:09
    No
    James
    This won't fix the problem they believe it causes.
  • Adam 2012/08/22 01:13:56
    No
    Adam
    Regulating sin only justifies it.
  • ehrhornp 2012/08/21 23:51:44
    Yes
    ehrhornp
    Had no problem with taxes on smoking or even drinking. Seems to have reduced the amount of people smoking which is good. I no longer go to strip clubs. They seem to be going the way of the drive in movie.
  • firebird 2012/08/21 23:39:53
    Yes
    firebird
    YEP.... we already have a sin tax in a sorts..... Alcohol and Tobacco... WHY NOT go ahead and add a tax on the entry fee to get in to the club or add a entry fee to pay the SIN TAX....IF it would help the ECONOMY then sure go ahead.... I know it will make lots of people angry but its a thriving business they can afford it ! Better then taxing food, meds, gasoline and more....
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/21 20:49:54
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    ENOUGH!
  • Chibi Guru Z 2012/08/21 20:00:40
    No
    Chibi Guru Z
    +3
    Proposed "Sexual Assault Prevention Fund" is, in other words, another piggy bank politicians can dip their hands into. You know, like "Social Security"...
  • mike j 2012/08/21 19:56:38
    No
    mike j
    Folks , this just goes to show that a State like Illinois with a city the size of Chicago and the nearby water supply from the Great Lakes and just about anything you want to do or buy and sales and property taxes out the wazzutt , still cant pay its bills , so now they have to impose a special silly tax on the entertainment industry. Folks , oh boy , the Legislature and Governor just cant figure out how to cut spending and thus have less need for more taxes, instead as bright and educated and connected as they are , they have to resort to taxing your entertainment industry and truly , the amount of tax collected on this will not pay for diddley puck on the States mis-spent budget. Anyway throw another log on the tax fire , on the middle class and poorer guy will have to bear the hard brunt of having his little entertainment gift to himself every now and then cost him a whole lot more , go ahead hit the little guy again , he is almost punch drunk now.
  • Mark5610 2012/08/21 19:54:22
  • Callaway 2012/08/21 19:38:22
    No
    Callaway
    Past the point of "proposed" Governor Dingbat signed it into law either later last week or early this week the giant bloated state patronage machine called Illinois they will tax you on nearly everything gotta keep those Chitown pols in high priced jobs.
  • EdVenture 2012/08/21 19:35:19
    No
    EdVenture
    I have a number of issues with it. The first one is that it essentially partners the taxing authority with the sin (so called), industry. This means that there is no will of the government, often with the public support to make any effort or progress to curtail what in many cases may be unhealthy (cigarets, alcohol, addictive etc for example), hazardous, immoral or otherwise harmful to society. The second thing is that the money is utilized like a slush fund to expand government usually in areas that are perpetuated so if say cigarettes are made illegal and the government would loose that tax base they would be forced to make up the difference on taxpayers without resistance or protest. It has always been my feeling that these funds should be used for capital replacement such as a new roof or a fire engine, bridge repair etc, in essence one time investments that are not perpetuated. Just my opinion. I think it just expands tax burden as opposed to offsetting it at best.
  • Joseph Ned 2012/08/21 19:18:59
    Yes
    Joseph Ned
    They are going to tax and increase tax on SOMETHING. It may as well be on questionable activities and products that support unhealthy vices.
  • cddjmikey 2012/08/21 19:17:07
    No
    cddjmikey
    +1
    It figures this would be proposed in the Sin Capital of the world ! By that I mean the birthplace of organized crime and its partnership with government ! Continued today by Rahm "dead fish" Emanual !!
  • Sister Jean 2012/08/21 19:14:12
  • Aurora 2012/08/21 19:04:03
    No
    Aurora
    +1
    But it is time for all others besides smokers to get hit with a tax, this is what democrats want tax, tax, tax.
  • sjalan 2012/08/21 18:58:33
    Yes
    sjalan
    +1
    BUT ONLY if they go into a seperate isolated fund to offset the damage that the "sin" does.

    Smoking sin tax goes to pay for cancer treatment and respiratory ailments.

    ans so forth
  • 3052457 2012/08/21 18:58:08
  • Max 2012/08/21 18:56:20
    No
    Max
    +3
    It seems everybody wants a little piece of that action. They support the so-called sinners as long as they pay them for their support. It sounds, disturbingly, like the Mafia.
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/08/21 18:56:11
    Yes
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +2
    But it shows they are desperate for funds to help their bankrupt state.

    Sin taxes are often discriminatory. Like they raise taxes on beer and cigarettes,
    which most often the poorer people use, but they don't raise them on hard liquor
    which is the 'gasoline' the congress and local governments run on.........LOL
  • WankerBait 2012/08/21 18:55:44
    No
    WankerBait
    +1
    If revenue is needed for public goods/services, then pass a broad tax. These "sin" taxes and service fees are a political ploy used to deceive the citizenry about false claims of not raising taxes...
  • Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWC... 2012/08/21 18:55:14
    No
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Typical progressive......always looking for some way to tax you........they've never met a tax they didn't like......
  • WankerBait Deere G... 2012/08/21 18:58:23
    WankerBait
    +2
    These types of taxes, along with service fess, are used by both sides of the isle to deceive the citizenry...
  • Deere G... WankerBait 2012/08/21 19:03:02
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Very true.......I'm against all taxing until the idiots learn how to spend it and not waste it.......
  • EyeLovesJesus 2012/08/21 18:52:54
    No
    EyeLovesJesus
    +1
    Hello dear one..

    Jesus said: Render unto Caesars what is Caesars & unto God's what is God's..

    With Love In Christ.. :o)
    ((((((( HUGS )))))))
  • Transquesta 2012/08/21 18:51:37
    Yes
    Transquesta
    +1
    As long as the taxes are voluntary--meaning I have the option not to avail myself of the services in which they're included--I have no problem with them. There's only one exception: when taxes are used to impose bans or artificial conditions of scarcity for reasons of imposing 'morality' on individuals otherwise engaged in consensual acts/exchanges.

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