How about a pole tax?

A Pennsylvania State Senator is floating an interesting idea.

HARRISBURG — Allegheny County officials just slapped a 10 percent tax on the sale of alcoholic drinks in the county.

Now, state Sen. Jane Orie is thinking about imposing a new 10 percent tax on “sexually oriented businesses,” including escort services, in the whole state.

She said she’ll ask her colleagues to have the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee do a study on how much money could be raised by an “excise tax” on adult businesses, such as stores that sell X-rated movies, publications and other erotic materials, as well as companies that provide female “escorts” for customers and companies that offer “massages.”

“There are clearly adverse effects of adult businesses on the communities in which they are located,” Ms. Orie said. “Many states and communities are exploring taxes on these establishments to offset (the cost of dealing with) these negative impacts.”

Senator Orie’s proposal isn’t novel. The states of Texas and Utah have recently passed similar charges on adult entertainment businesses.

Think this is a good idea or are you opposed to all taxes? There is and I think always will be a market for adult services. Hey prostitution is the oldest(Politics is the second. They have things in common too. Like taking money for services and both are out to…… I’ll let you fill it in)profession. Place an extra tax on these services? Don Surber is all for it.

The proposal to slap a 10% tax on porn, escort services and strip joints sounds good to me.


Well, why not? We tax the hell out of alcohol, tobacco and gambling. The government makes more money off cigarettes than Big Tobacco does. Bettors cough up twice as much in taxes in West Virginia than the coal industry.

In each case, the idea is to discourage the use of the product.


I’m all for drinking, smoking, betting and sex — and taxing them instead of more productive activities.

Libertarians are likely to object to the tax. Someone may say this tax infringes on the first amendment! We have a constitutional right to publish porn free of unnecessary taxes. I don’t buy that argument, but don’t bet against someone bringing it up.

The government has to raise money some how. A tax here seems better than sales or income taxes. So I side with Don. How about you?