Washington Income Tax Revisions, HJR 4 (1942)

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The Washington Income Tax Revisions Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 4, was on the November 3, 1942 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have defined income as distinct from property, empowered the state legislature to enact graduated net income taxes and provided for income tax deductions and exemptions. The measure would have added a section to Article VII of the Washington State Constitution.[1]

Election results

Washington HJR 4 (1942)
Defeatedd No176,33266.34%
Yes 89,453 33.66%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

A Proposal to amend Article VII of the Constitution by adding a new section, section 2, providing that income shall not be construed as property for the purpose of taxation, and empowering the legislature to enact graduated net income taxes, and to provide exemptions, offsets and deductions.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1942 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.