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New York Strippers Propose Pole Tax For Education

Pole Tax: Strippers For Schools!

Should dollar bills find their way from g-strings to grade schools? That's what viewers were debating on Headline News this week, as a group of strippers in Long Island proposed a "pole tax" to funnel money toward education.

Though some suspect it was just a publicity stunt, taxing exotic dance clubs isn't unheard of. Texas already has a similar "pole tax," which has reportedly brought in $13 million since 2007.

Considering that states tax other vices, including cigarettes and booze, while funding education through lotteries, taxing strip clubs sounds pretty reasonable. In the words of dancer Carmela Cioffi: "If the men — or anybody who enters a strip club — if they're going to spend money, they might as well help give a few dollars and throw it to the school. The kids are losing all their extracurricular activities, music, art, sports, everything is going."

Plus, stripping could be considered an art or exercise! Would you support a pole tax?

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jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Taxes really are not the answer to everything! Long Island has very high property taxes, high cigarette and alcohol taxes. Maybe they need to take a step back and really look at where all the current tax money is going.
GregS GregS 7 years
I don't mind this either, however at some point we need to stop and ask the question, at what point does the government hope that vices continue thrive so that these social services can be paid for? Cigarette taxes paying for anti-smoking and health, alcohol taxes for health and general purposees, lotteries for education... Which reminds me that every state that has a lottery will find a way to short the schools or substitute the lottery money for general revenue funding. I've seen it in 4 states now.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
Sure! Why not? Especially if exotic dancers are allegedly for it.
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