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."