VIDEO: State rep says taxpayer money could go to strip clubs under COVID relief bill

"There was a collective gasp or gulp, whichever you care to call it, when we realized that."

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Taxpayer money used for Minnesota’s $242 million COVID-19 relief bill will likely go to strip clubs, and could go to adult entertainment stores, according to an exchange between state Reps. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, and Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul.

“The first section where we’re going to be sending money out to restaurants, one of them is bars and we did look this up. In bars, are gentlemen clubs or strip clubs included?” Miller asked Mahoney, one of the authors of the bill, during Monday’s special session.

“Sad to say, if you fall into the category of a 30% reduction in your sales from the two quarters from last year, yes. And the reason for that is the Department of Revenue can’t separate that out. There’s not a computer program to separate that out,” he said. “There was a collective gasp or gulp, whichever you care to call it, when we realized that. We’re not happy with that but speed was more important.”

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