When states mismanage money and need to rasie revenue the first thing they'll do is raise taxes. But taxing things things is just plain stupid...here are just a few:
New York has a proposal to tax illegal drugs (The tax paying criminal? That's all Gotti had to do.)
Leasing a toll highway, like Indiana and Virginia
Tax on pornography and strip joints like in Texas, where they call it a "pole tax."
New York also has a tradition of some of the most outlandish schemes. In 1991, the Legislature famously approved the "sale" of Attica prison to a state authority for $242 million that was then used to help balance the budget.