I could really get behind this porn tax thing if it meant seeing less of Evan Stone on my desktop. But what Assembly member Charles Calderon, D-Montebello, wants to do to shore up California's pasta strainer of a budget by pushing a bill to tax porn makes about as much sense as taxing films like "Das Bootie," "Spray It Forward" or "Blowjob Impossible" to create a slush fund.
Calderon says his bill could raise as much as $665 million in tax revenue each year off the $4 billion-a-year porn industry (though a reliable source for this dollar figure has yet to be produced in any media quote). This cherry pie-in-the-sky figure would go into creating and fueling an "Adult Entertainment Impact Fund." Calderon's titty-tax is morally motivated: He would use the tax revenue to mitigate the cost to taxpayers of "secondary effects" generated by the industry, such as "law enforcement at adult venues, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other social services." Tom White, Calderon's chief of staff, is widely quoted as saying, "There is a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse in the industry, STDs, mental health problems and pregnancies. The industry is such that oftentimes people get burned through and come out with nothing, no job skills or education, so they need job training or state services."