Washington Graduated Net Income Tax, SJR 5 (1938)

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The Washington Graduated Net Income Tax Amendment, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 5, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have provided that nothing contained in the constitution prevents a graduated net income tax. The measure would have amended Section 1 of Article VII of the Washington State Constitution.[1]

Election results

Washington SJR 5 (1938)
Defeatedd No285,94666.92%
Yes 141,375 33.08%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

A Proposal to amend Section 1, Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Washington relating to taxation by providing that nothing contained in said section shall be construed to prevent the enactment of a graduated net income tax law.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1938 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 12, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.