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posted by Olivia A at the Frisky

You can take our dignity but not our porn! New York’s Governor Paterson is pitching new taxes to help the state’s $14 billion budget deficit. Among them: a $10 tax for strip club patrons and tax on Internet downloads for web porn. Similarly, Texas pols want to place a $5 “pole tax” which was struck down as unconstitutional by a state judge. Oh yeah, the forgotten “right to bare boobs.” Most of these skin taxes have stalled because of conflicts with the First Amendment. No porno, no peace! After the jump, other laws striving to cash in on sex…

Florida is considering raising taxes on adult magazines, strip clubs, and “other sex-themed products.” That’s probably for the best since old people are all over-sexed anyways. [MSNBC]

Washington state has already endorsed a tax hike on adult movies and other sex-themed products. Still, they want higher sales tax on flesh mags, pornographic photographs, movies, cable and telephone services, audiotapes, computer programs and paraphernalia. I don’t like that they’re taxing my best friend vibrators...but I guess our boyfriends can’t afford porn anymore so maybe it will even out? [Seattle Times]

Santa Rosa, CA lawmakers are in discussion over tax increases including a hotel bed tax from 9 to 12%, which would generate about $1.2 million. Hotel bed sex is the best kind; it’s like Russian roulette with germy body fluid! [Press Democrat]

Legislators passed a 3% hotel bed tax increase in Las Vegas which projections show will raise about $230 million. These numbers illustrate how many more hotels there are in Vegas than Santa Rosa...You know, Vegas. Where prostitution is legal may as well be served on the city’s famous buffets. Good one. [Las Vegas Sun]
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I'm from Florida and I think it's pretty funny that our politicians are going after sex like it's crack or guns and believe you me we have a problem with both.  I have an idea. Why don't we start taxing all of these for profit mega-churches that suck millions of tax-free dollars from the community and give nothing back except bigger parking lots? The one in my neigborhood could probably pay off half the deficit.
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Hank Alvarez
I agree.  I think we need to look at who's enjoying the fruits of our society without paying for it and bring in the net. The churches and organized religion are one of the biggest offenders. They rake in billions annually and I think it's time for them to pony up their share. We could start with the churches and work our way down to the hookers on the street corner.

Why not legalize the commercial sex that goes on in every city in the country like many European countries did years ago and regulate it and tax it like any other business. While you're at it you could legalize  marijuana and treat it like we do cigarettes and booze, and tax that too. That would probably put the cops out of business or back in the donut shops but it could put them back out in the streets after serious criminals. There's already rumblings about that going around Sacramento. California's not so golden anymore and our governator is starting to think outside the box. The solutions to a lot of our problems seem so simple if we would just quit protecting these sacred cows. Now that I've probably pissed off half of you I'll shut up. What's your take on this? Hank
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