The Houston City Council has officially passed its own version of a “pole tax.” There will now be another five dollar tax on adult-oriented business goers. The proceeds are to be used to pay for the processing of the huge back log of unprocessed rape kits.
Houston strip club owners have vowed to fight the tax. However, the likelihood of success is slim. A similar five dollar statewide Texas pole tax on adult-oriented businesses was passed by the State of Texas in 2007 and upheld by the Texas Supreme Court after years of legal challenge.
Now, strip club goers are giving an extra ten dollars to serve justice every time they go to their favorite club. That is ten less ones per patron that will find their way into g-strings across Houston. Something tells me the desire of new patrons to do their part in the battle against rape will not generate enough new business to fill that tiny little void.
Is it our civic duty to go to strip clubs now? I can’t wait to see the t-shirts.