Assemblyman proposes stiff increase of porn tax

As State Senator Jack Scott (D-Alta Dena) floats increases on sales, property, and other taxes to help adjust for the state deficit, Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry) is proposing the ultimate of sin taxes: an increased 8% tax on “adult DVD stores, theaters, and nightclubs.”

John Myers of KQED’s Capital Notes opines:

Of course, AB 2914 could pose an interesting dilemma for some legislators, namely Republicans. After all, if you’re a social conservative you’d probably love nothing more than to see the XXX industry move out. But if you’re a fiscal conservative, you’re probably loathe to enact a new tax. Oh, the irony.

Industry reps, who Myers writes somewhat disappointingly showed up at the state capital fully clothed, “argued the tax would send many in the multi-billion dollar sex industry packing to other states.”

Need I point out that the City of Industry, that Calderon represents, has one strip club for every 160 of its estimated 800 residents?

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