Washington Revenues for Elderly and Disabled, Initiative 158 (1944)

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The Washington Revenues for Elderly and Disabled Initiative, also known as Initiative 158, was on the November 7, 1944 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have provided for a three percent tax on gross income and would prescribe monthly payments of $60 to the elderly, blind, disabled and widowed.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 158 (1944)
Defeatedd No437,50270.35%
Yes 184,405 29.65%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to revenue and taxation; providing for the levy and collection of a three per cent tax on gross income; providing for certain exemptions and deductions; providing for the disposition of revenue derived hereunder; prescribing monthly payments of not less than sixty dollars to certain aged, blind, disabled or widowed persons from an Employment and Retirement Mutual Insurance Fund, herein created; prescribing duties of officers and procedure in relation hereto; regulating disposition of payments by beneficiaries; defining terms and prescribing penalties.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 158 was filed on March 28, 1944. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1944 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 11, 2013