Phoenix Considers 'Sin Tax' On Strip Clubs, Tattoo Parlors (VIDEO)

Frequenters of Phoenix strip clubs might be paying a little more than usual in the future.

That's because of a potential "sin tax," first proposed to the city government on Tuesday.

My FOX Phoenix reported that the tax would aim to make up for the $28 million the city is expected to lose when an unpopular food tax runs out in 2015.

Tattoo artist Mark Mayhem told the station that the proposed tax doesn't make sense to him:

"I'm an artist. That would be like taxing painters or authors. But, I hope it doesn't go through."

Other possible revenue replacements for the food tax include taxes on false calls to police and fire dispatchers, as well as electronic billboards, AZ central reported.

Phoenix finance director Jeff Dewitt told AZ Central that they are not rushing into anything.

"We'll evaluate everything we've heard tonight and see what's feasible and what's not."

Phoenix still faces a budget shortfall, but the city as a whole has made marked improvement to close its deficit. The city has a $59 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 year, way down from the previous year's $277 million gap, reported in March.

Arizona isn't the only state that's considered new "sin" taxes since the recession. Last year New York Governor David Paterson unveiled a plan that would tax soft drinks and cigarettes, while also cutting $1.1 billion in school aid, the New York Post then reported. The plan also proposed raising $45 million by allowing video lottery parlors to run all day, everyday.

Indeed, since the recession's outset, Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania have all also considered taxes on escort services and strip clubs, as well as on pornography, according to The New York Times.

Delaware itself has legalized poker and sports betting, also placing a tax on lottery winnings, according to Forbes.


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