Strippers Rally in Favor of 'Pole' Tax to Benefit Schools

Lap dances just got more educational.

Strippers from a Long Island strutted their stuff on the Nassau County courthouse steps today, rallying for a pole tax to benefit local schools.

"We just want to give back to our communities, because the state is cutting back on school aid," said Carmella Cioffi, 22. "The government is always trying to raise taxes and here we are saying raise our taxes."

The mother of a young son, who dances under the name of "Carma," was among three dancers in attendance and was carrying a sign, "Stripper Pole Tax Helps Local Schools. "

The club the girls work for, Illusions, in Deer Park, will start charging a $5 entry fee starting this weekend and is hoping that the state implements legislation to tax lap dances.
Spokesman Todd Shapiro said the money will be sent to the State Department of Taxation and Finance.
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