As Kentucky’s grand idea to save state spending programs with higher tobacco taxes fizzles out, some might find satisfaction that state lawmakers elsewhere are catching hell for wacky ideas to keep themselves on the gravy train.
A Georgia state senator says he will file a bill to charge a five dollar state cover charge for everyone who enters an “adult entertainment” nightclub. The same tax was found unconstitutional last spring in Texas, so this shouldn’t be a very long conversation, either.
One funny thing is the eerily similar rhetoric to ours about the cigarette tax:
“”Strip clubs perpetuate (the notion) that women are for sale” and “we want the money to come back to the people it could potentially harm.””
What would they do if men stopped going to clubs and paying that tax? That and hoping people keep smoking so we can bring in enough money to fund smoking cessation and health programs makes as much sense as funding government operations with a murder tax.
Just concentrate on cutting spending, guys.