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Oregon Progressive State Income Tax, Measure 3 (1928)

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The Oregon Progressive State Income Tax Bill, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 6, 1928 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have levied an annual progressive state net income tax upon all persons and corporations in the state and provided exemptions for such a tax.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1928)
Defeatedd No132,96152.83%
Yes 118,696 47.17%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Initiative Bill - Proposed by Initiative Petition - Vote YES or NO

Initiated by Oregon State Grange: Geo. A. Palmiter, master, Hood River, Oregon; Bertha J. Beck, secretary, route 3, Albany, Oregon. Oregon State Federation of Labor: William Cooper, president, Labor temple, Portland, Oregon; Ben T. Osborne, executive secretary, Labor temple, Portland, Oregon. Farmers Union of Oregon: H. R. Richards, president, The Dalles, Oregon; Mrs. G. B. Jones, secretary, Monmouth, Oregon. Order of Railway Conductors: E. J. Ellingson, state legislative representative, Eugene, Oregon - INCOME TAX BILL - Purpose: To levy annually a progressive state income tax upon net incomes of persons and corporations resident and non-resident in the state from every source within the state; exempting from net income of a single person, $1,500; married person, head of family, or husband and wife together, $3,000, and for each child or dependent under certain conditions, $400; corporations, $2,000 each; and providing that the estimated amount of income taxes for each year be deducted from the total amount of revenue required for state purposes, and only the balance of such required amount be levied as direct taxes on property.

304. Yes, I vote for the proposed law.

305. No, I vote against the proposed law.


Path to the ballot

Measure 3 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Oregon State Grange on July 12, 1928.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.