America's wages of sin pay for better schools

18th July 2003 at 01:00
Teachers in Nevada are to have part of their wages funded from a tax on brothels.

Facing a $1 billion deficit (pound;600 million), the Silver State's legislators are turning to the world's oldest profession to raise cash and the predicted pound;3 million windfall is earmarked mainly for schools.

Prostitution is legal across much of Nevada and the 28 or so bordellos, home to roughly 3,000 hostesses, do brisk trade.

Different states are turning to other "sin taxes" to keep public education systems afloat. Five have put new taxes on alcohol, while Wyoming has marked up cigarette levies fivefold to generate pound;430m a year for schools.

Maryland's governor wants to install slot machines at racetracks.

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