New tax would hit strip club patrons
By MICHAEL GORMLEY and SCOTT ROSS
Updated 12:09 PM EDT, Wed, Mar 11, 2009
First they came for the millionaires. Then they came for the iPods. Now the tax man is coming for the strippers.
Brooklyn democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz -- the man responsible for the nation's first law against driving while using a cell phone -- is proposing a new tax on folks who enjoy watching naked women dance.
Ortiz wants to squeeze strip club patrons for a pole toll of $10, with the revenue going to help victims of human trafficking.
"Monies generated have the potential to be a tremendous boost to these groups," Ortiz said. "Through this bill, New York state will continue to forge a path for other states to follow."
The bill, which has no Senate sponsor yet, would be a way to fund such additional spending at a time of fiscal crisis and double-di
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