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Latino Legislator of the Week – California Assemblyman Charles Calderon, Taxing Porn to make up the difference in the CA state budget!

June 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments

California Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Montebello) has introduced a plan to tax 25% of the gross revenues of adult entertainment ranging from strip clubs to porn flicks. While I don’t have an opinion one way or the other regarding pornography other than the belief that it can be damaging to the actors, dancers, etc., I do think that he is clever in proposing such a tax because it will force Republicans in the state legislature who traditionally oppose tax increases to take a stand on the adult entertainment industry. Often, these same conservatives voice opposition to adult entertainment on moral grounds.

California currently has a $17 billion budget deficit. Calderon argues that the tax on the $4 billion industry could help close the gap and also pay for some of the consequences of the industry such as sexually transmitted disease care. Some argue that Calderon has not produced valid proof of the secondary effects of pornography in terms of public safety.

I give Calderon credit for trying to force a tax increase to close the gap in the state of California’s budget crisis. For so long, revenue has been tied to property values, and with the recent declines in the real estate market, other sources of state funds need to be secured. The budget crisis in California is especially impacting education and health care. Once upon a time, the Golden State was a leader in education in the K-12 arena, but those days have since passed.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jammer // Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Great idea. The sex business is big business and why shouldn’t they pay their share? That money could offset a lot of the cost that is associated with policing the bad effects of the sex business. as long as we are at it lets legalize drug sales and tax the hell out of that as well. and if we are serious about the budget deficit lets impose a 1cent sales tax on every transaction. That would began to close the gap. And if we are REALLY serious about the budget deficit lets look at he waste out of Sacramento and roll back wages on the cause of most of our problems…, the politicos themselves. They will ask teachers and other state workers to forego pay increases or even roll back their wages while keeping theirs safe.

  • 2 reenee // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    jammer has some excellent ideas, especially that last one. Unfortunately, these legislators will always protect themselves before they go the extra mile to protect those that elected them.

  • 3 Michaelr // Jun 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Charles Calderon’s plan to tax adult entertainment 25% of their gross revenues is just more political chicken shit. Why doesn’t he lead the debate to do what FDR did in the early 1930’s by lifting Prohibition, and legalizing narcotics? By singling out the adult entertainment industry, they will simply relocate across state lines and avoid paying any excess taxes to the State of California. Men and women from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego will drive, fly, and carpool to those new adult locations, and leave their money in Nevada, Arizona, and Tijuana. By regulating and taxing narcotics, the State of California can eliminate the black market that exists today, drastically lower violent crime, and empty the prisons of drug addicts and lower level retail sales personnel associated with the distribution of illegal narcotics. This will allow the State of California to lower their budgets for correctional facilities, law enforcement, and judicial infrastructure, and turn some of those facilities into schools, hospitals, and mental institutions for the homeless. None of this is revolutionary. One exploratory trip to Western European countries will show everyone how this works.

  • 4 DfD // Dec 13, 2008 at 10:58 am

    If we did those things suggested previously, we’d have to account for the underage girls that are brought in by the Catholic Church, to service Illegal Alien chunte workers out in McGonigle Canyon and other farms in the San Diego area. Well, we could have Esteban Nunez and the rest of the Fabian Nunez Crime family oversee such operations?

  • 5 DfD // Dec 13, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Stop using tax dollars for services to Illegal Alien chuntes and California would save $11 billion dollars a year. What’s the holdup?

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