A Brooklyn assemblyman introduced a bill yesterday that would require patrons to pay the state $10 every time they visit a strip club or topless joint.
Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, said the flesh fee could raise as much as $500 million for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and child prostitution.
States have increasingly turned to the adult-entertainment industry to help close budget gaps in recent years.
Texas lawmakers are fighting to save a similar $5 "pole tax," which was struck down as unconstitutional by a state judge.
Gov. Paterson, facing a $14 billion budget deficit, has proposed a tax on Internet downloads that would also apply to Web porn.
"The bottom line is, we have to protect people who have been victimized by unscrupulous individuals, and we cannot continue, especially in this economy, to have government pay for everything," Ortiz said.
i say we legalize prostitution. we need to change peoples image about whores. it could be the same social status as a plumer or an electriction, or a server. where anyone who buy their service will have to be taxed. they also have to be tested regularly. its a win win situation. they get legal protection which reduce human trafficing or abuse. we get more tax money.
exactly. plus you get to have a different girl every night if you wish. tast all the different flavor before you buy kind of deal. have some of them snow bunny, chocolate delight, yellow fever, and brown suger. figure out which one you love the most and move on.
NYS. Although just cancelled the governor wanted to add a 18 % tax on any soft drink containing sugar in a claimed effort to make people make healthy choices and at the same time add a tax to health club memberships. Contradiction much ?
Illinois Income Tax May Jump 50 Percent
Report: Gov. Pat Quinn Wants Tax Hike To Fight Deficit
Income taxes in Illinois could soon be going up by as much as 50 percent to combat deficits in a difficult state budget.
As CBS 2's Joanie Lum reports, Gov. Pat Quinn is reportedly considering raising taxes to deal with a growing budget deficit.
Quinn has been hinting about the problems in the state budget this year for some time. He gives his first address on the subject next Wednesday, and there is word that income taxes will go up as 50 percent.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Quinn wants to raise the state income tax to 4.5 percent from 3 percent.
Illinoisans have had a lower income tax rate than other states for some time. This would be the first increase in 20 years.
In addition, some business tax breaks would be eliminated, and Quinn promises to tighten state government spending.
Quinn will balance the increase by raising the standard tax exemption up to $6,000 per person from $2,000, to help low- and middle-income families.
The income tax increase could bring in nearly $4 billion. The budget deficit is expected to be more than $9 billion by the summer of 2010.
State lawmakers are also talking about raising gasoline taxes to pay for road and bridge construction. Fees on driver's licenses and license plate stickers may also go up.
Hahahahahaha Wherzroony...love the Avatar SO TRUE !!! :icon_lol:
What did people expect... " hope and change" right? Hope and change to what????? Bigger government and higher taxes....swell...lets give that a go especially in a recession. Look at California just raised their sales tax to 10% and the car registration fees too. Were rapidly becoming France :tard:
GET READY TO MAKE $300.00 LESS PER MONTH, More federal witholdings from your paycheck.
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as “the largest middle-class tax increase in history.” Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses.
In television advertisements last fall, Mr. Obama criticized his Republican rival for the presidency, Senator John McCain of Arizona, for proposing to tax all employer-provided health benefits. The benefits have long been tax-free, regardless of how generous they are or how much an employee earns. The advertisements did not point out that Mr. McCain, in exchange, wanted to give all families a tax credit to subsidize the purchase of coverage.
At the time, even some Obama supporters said privately that he might come to regret his position if he won the election; in effect, they said, he was potentially giving up an important option to help finance his ambitious health care agenda to reduce medical costs and to expand coverage to the 46 million uninsured Americans. Now that Mr. Obama has begun the health debate, several advisers say that while he will not propose changing the tax-free status of employee health benefits, neither will he oppose it if Congress does so.
At a recent Congressional hearing, Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat whose own health plan would make benefits taxable, asked Peter R. Orszag, the president’s budget director, about the issue. Mr. Orszag replied that it “most firmly should remain on the table.”
^^^^ If your employer provides your healthcare, up until now, it has been non taxed income, Obama wants you to pay income taxes on that benefit so he can supply healthcare for welfare moms. That could be up to $300.00 less you'll make per month if you have a family.
Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look
Levy Viewed as Way to Reduce Deficits, Fund Health Reform
By Lori Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.
Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity.
At a White House conference earlier this year on the government's budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to consider a VAT. A recent flurry of books and papers on the subject is attracting genuine, if furtive, interest in Congress. And last month, after wrestling with the White House over the massive deficits projected under Obama's policies, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee declared that a VAT should be part of the debate.
"There is a growing awareness of the need for fundamental tax reform," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in an interview. "I think a VAT and a high-end income tax have got to be on the table."
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Yes it is possible for Feds to control state laws through influences such as highway funding (for example the legal drinking age is very much controlled by fed suggestion)...
Important reading material folks!!!
The Amazing Story Behind Tho Global Warming Scam
By John Coleman
January 28, 2009
The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax we...
I'll start it with a complete list of the Green Energy companies that the government funded that are now bankrupt or heading there:
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*