Club ‘pole tax’ plan rouses debate

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2011 - 7:47 AM

A fee paid by adult entertainment venues in Minneapolis would help pay for programs to help victims of sexual exploitation.

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commiefalconOct. 22, 11 8:40 PM

Liberals never met a tax they didn't love. Someday they'll figure out a way to tax the air we breathe.

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jrspacemanOct. 22, 11 8:56 PM

The 2007 "pole tax" law, signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry, charges nude entertainment venues serving alcohol $5 per customer.

This new tax was signed into law in Texas by a Republican governor who is supposedly against higher taxes and for smaller government. commiefalcon, are you saying that Perry is a liberal? And I thought Utah was another Republican state...

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royljohOct. 22, 11 9:10 PM

The last I knew very few nude dancing clubs in Minnesota served alcohol, anyway. Did it change in the past 5 years?

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hadenough1Oct. 22, 11 9:32 PM

....Segal has called the Austin city attorney's office in Texas to determine whether dancers bear the financial burden of the law. Even if they do, she said, policymakers could decide a benefit of the fee is making the profession a "less lucrative field.".. Sure, make dancing less lucrative... that should deter them from dancing and instead go work on the corners selling their services and nobody gets the cut.... A much safer and better alternative! ..."You're asking for victims to pay for victim services," said Roller, who runs the group's anti-prostitution program. The Family Partnership advocated for the new juvenile prostitution law... Well, that isn't entirely correct either.. I'm really doubting any girl can get in to dance unless she proves she is 18 and above.. Club owners know that would be the end of their game if they allowed just one in. These girls make the choice to do this profession on their own- as far as child prostitution and sex trafficking, it doesnt happen at the clubs.. it happens elsewhere. To test that theory, go down to any of the clubs and see if you can "hire" one of the girls for your fantasies... Make sure to tell the bouncer as he is about to throw you thru the door that you are with the city council and you were just testing to see if the club was a source of prostitution.. Hopefully he takes you seriously.. You want to tax a group of people? why not start at the top where the big money is... or better yet, quit wasting so much of the taxpayers money on ideas like this one.

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notforjoeighOct. 22, 11 9:41 PM

Where are the stats that support the claim that "programs are stretched thin? Or is this just another tax to support full employment of social workers?

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falcon1674Oct. 22, 11 9:52 PM

commiefalcon - Liberals never met a tax they didn't love. Someday they'll figure out a way to tax the air we breathe. ------------- I can understand why you're against it. A Pole tax would make the RNC's pretty expensive.

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dachieftanOct. 22, 1111:03 PM

Pole tax for stadium next?

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tranquil17Oct. 22, 1111:18 PM

@commiefalcon Republicans/conservatives have never, of course, been against taxes and spending. They are simply against the taxes and spending they don't like, which makes their position on taxes/spending identical to the positions of Democrats/liberals. The only place where they differ is on which things to tax and where to spend.

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hobie2Oct. 22, 1111:42 PM

Right wingers never met a "vice" fee they didn't love... And Mpls pimping for money fits right into their philosophy - "make someone else pay for my services".... The almighty money for lower taxes trumps morality once again.

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oglethorpieOct. 23, 1112:09 AM

"using the money to combat child prostitution and sex trafficking." Yeah right. It's just another ploy to get more money into the coffers to be spent on $50,000 water fountains and $200,000 bus shelters.

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