Washington Omnibus Tax Preference Measure, Advisory Vote 1 (2012)

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Omnibus Tax Preference Measure
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Type:Advisory question
Referred by:Washington Legislature
The Omnibus Tax Preference Measure was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Washington as an advisory question, where it was approved. The measure asked voters whether they would want to improve the long-term sustainability of the state budget by tweaking certain state taxes. A yes vote supported the repeal of the removal of tax deductions and the consequent increase in taxes. A no vote supported the maintaining of the removal of tax deductions and the consequent tax increase.

According to reports, the measure allowed voters to weigh in on the Washington State Legislature's decision in 2012 to eliminate a tax break for large banks in an attempt to balance the state budget.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

Washington Advisory Vote 1
Approveda Yes 1,552,134 56.9%

Election results via Washington Secretary of State's website.


A provision of a 2007 initiative, Initiative 960, directly led to the placement of this advisory vote on the ballot. Under that approved measure, of which some parts were later repealed, the vote was to be conducted to let voters say whether they agreed with the action of elected state officials regarding proposed tax increases.[1]


The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:

  • Tim Eyman, the sponsor of Initiative 960, the measure that directly placed this 2012 measure on the ballot, stated, "It's kind of cool that it only took five years for voters to get this right."[1]


No formal campaign in opposition of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.

Path to the ballot

The measure was sent to the ballot via the aforementioned ballot measure approved in 2007

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