Thursday, May 12, 2005

QuickTake: A Sin Tax the Sinners Asked For

The Tax Foundation's Tax Policy Blog features a story about Nevada brothel owners promoting a state tax on prostitution. Haven't brothel owners heard the saying, "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree"?

As you might guess, brothel owners have an ulterior motive in this case. They expect that taxing prostitution would help legitimize it. Get the state's politicians accustomed to the idea that prostitution enriches state government coffers, and then away we go. More brothels, bigger brothels, better locations, advertising. The sky's the limit.

States used to be officially opposed to gambling. No more. Will the same hold true for prostitution? Time will tell.

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