Is a $5 'Skin Tax' for Strip Clubs Fair or Foul?

Daryl 2012/08/21 18:00:00
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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.
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  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/04 00:20:24
  • Stan 2012/11/27 23:22:33
    Surely Sen Hutchinson and his tax enforcement buddies can find a more creative excuse to go to a go-go bar!...:)
  • supercar55 2012/09/23 10:18:16
  • Marvelous Wildfire 2012/09/04 15:35:43
    Marvelous Wildfire
    Just another *DEMOCRAT TAX* designed to specifically *TARGET* those low income people that are just trying to make a living.
  • gracious43 2012/09/03 04:33:43
    These kinds of places demoralize marriage.
  • supercar55 gracious43 2012/09/23 10:19:47
  • gracious43 supercar55 2012/09/23 17:02:47
    Nevertheless, it changes the way that men view women, and makes them less loving and faithful to their families in the long run.

    That's documented in Marilyn Yalom's "History of the Breast." Strippers who were interviews remarked that men would complain about their wives to them, because they weren't as sexually expressive as the women in the stip-club.

    The women in the strip-clubs were faking it, and the men weren't able to perceive that.
  • Job 2012/09/03 01:37:58
    Actually it all depends on how much skin she shows. If it's all skin, maybe, it again all depends on how sexy she is
  • supercar55 Job 2012/09/23 10:23:04
  • Megan Hudson 2012/09/02 18:36:06
    Megan Hudson
    The government tax things they dont want people to have. thats why theres a smoking tax and a liquor tax : /
  • Playerazzi 2012/09/02 07:14:39
    ... in fact, if anything, Strip Clubs should get a tax BREAK for helping to reduce the incidence of sexual assault.
  • Darren 2012/09/01 13:31:28
    It's totally fair, at least as fair as the taxes on liquor or tabacco. No one wants to pay taxes on the things they like to do, but there is an overwhelming body of research that shows that people that engage in this type of activity are more likely to commit sexual crimes just like people that smoke are more likely to get cancer. I don't care to pay for the higher medical costs brought on by peoples poor health choice and find the tabacco taxes fair, so why should I want to pay for the negative impacts of someone's poor mental health choices?

    If you want to talk about unfair taxes, how about the tax that is going to be levied on us for not buying insurance that covers things that people find morally objectionable.
  • Marvelo... Darren 2012/09/04 15:45:51
    Marvelous Wildfire
    I'm sorry, but your thinking is backwards.
    You are giving examples of wrongful taxation, as justification for *MORE* unjust taxation.
    This type of creeping tyranny in turn, "Makes it okay", for "the tax that is going to be levied on us for not buying insurance that covers things that people find morally objectionable".
  • capoeirakid 2012/09/01 04:41:28
    It's just going to put the people who go into those places even more against ending sexual assault.
  • SilveryRow 2012/08/31 11:06:13
    A 'sin tax'?? Seriously. Are non-Christians exempt, do I have to ask. What idiocy. As usual.
  • ZB 2012/08/31 01:00:46
    Sure. Lot's of adult clubs charge a cover charge. Is this any different? Besides the fact that the club doesn't get the money?
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/08/30 23:22:48
    Keegan The Fabulous
    If the taxes were, instead of being levied on hard-working middle-class people, levied on politicians and other high-level officials who were going to strip clubs instead of doing their jobs right, however...

    hard-working middle-class people levied politicians high-level officials strip clubs jobs
  • anne.k.murphy 2012/08/30 21:29:24
    Undoubtedly that $5 will come out of the tip money. More money for the government = less money for the strippers. :(
  • Ramón 2012/08/30 05:05:06
    Oh, yeah! The more skin, the higher the tax. In this way they can be like prostitutes without the physical contact, just like Congress.
  • Dave 007 2012/08/26 11:32:46
    Dave 007
    What happened to equal rights? This tax is focused on the male population. If this tax goes into effect, there should be a tax on say shoes (women buy 95% of the shoes in the world).
  • Butch 2012/08/25 08:40:07
  • Katherine 2012/08/25 00:25:07 (edited)
  • scottcleaves 2012/08/24 19:15:10
    Fair. We must pay for our sins. That means PAY!
  • Cameryn... scottcl... 2012/08/31 00:34:20
    Cameryn (◠‿◠✿)
    Why is going to a strip club a sin?
  • ZenerSix scottcl... 2012/08/31 03:58:40
    Unfair. We pay for our sins to God, not government.
  • donna.robinson.102 2012/08/24 17:25:18 (edited)
    Its foul, I remember a time when a person went shopping, you held on to your store receipts because at tax time any taxes you paid down to the penny was tax deductable, that no longer holds true, now they keep adding on, take and take, i was amazed when i finally looked at my cable bill and saw that one of the taxes i paid was for energy the energy assistance program for others to receive, no one asked me if i wanted to donate, they decided it was my obligation., the sad part is i'm on a limited income my damn self so how in the hell can i help someone else? i'm waiting any day now for them to write me a letter in refrence to the squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and ground hogs that visit my garden daily and tax me for having a zoo!
  • Marge 2012/08/24 16:18:31
    I go to these places or like these places, but how many more ways can the government find to tax people???
  • Katherine Marge 2012/08/25 00:34:41
    One day they'll keep the whole thing and dole out what we can have.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/08/24 15:20:39
    Christopher Kirchen
  • Tre 2012/08/24 14:21:35
    That's just dumb. Just like all the other tax acts. It's getting comical now.
  • Charles E 2012/08/24 14:20:44
    Charles E
    With limited access and strict rules of conduct enforced by bouncers who can and will eject anyone who misbehaves, strip clubs are less sexy than some TV ads.

    The relationship between strip clubs and sexual abuse only exists in the narrow minds of those who want to tax them out of business.

    And this being Illinois, the funds will quickly be redirected to other pet projects anyway.
  • Tpem 2012/08/24 09:34:16
    We don't need more taxes. We need less. A tax on strip clubs gets passed on to the consumer so once again we are getting taxed through another STATE gimmick.
  • Timothy Sweet 2012/08/24 05:55:20
    Timothy Sweet
    That is another overreach by Big Govt,cut spending nimrods....
  • Old Salt 2012/08/24 04:08:36
  • marty 2012/08/24 03:02:02
    While you're at it, add a $5 sin tax to a Whopper or Big Mac; eating those are practically sins!
  • Old Salt marty 2012/08/24 04:09:24
  • VictorManX marty 2012/08/31 00:45:50
    what about the single, double triple and quadruple bypass burgers, as well as the flatliner fries?
  • Okie Lady 2012/08/24 02:46:01
    Okie Lady
    Hey, you Okies! What in the world has happened to you? I'm one of you but stuck in TX and wanting to come home. If you can't get it right on even this one, maybe I'm not one of you, after all. What happened after I left? Did I bring all the common sense with me? I hate to admit that Texans have MY people beat on this one.
  • Okie Lady Okie Lady 2012/08/24 02:47:25
    Okie Lady
    OOPS! I'm sorry, Okies. I read it wrong! I even voted for "fair" and I didn't mean to. So, Okies, you DID get it right and I'm coming home! Texans, I knew you were nuts!
  • Olde' Smoke 2012/08/24 01:04:18
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