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Wisconsin Graduated Income Tax Amendment, Question 1 (1908)

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The Wisconsin Graduated Income Tax Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1908 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 85,677 69.43%
No37,71930.57%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1909

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"For the amendment authorizing a graduated income tax."[2]

Constitutional changes

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1 OF ARTICLE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION—Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring. That section 1 of article 5 of the constitution of the state of Wisconsin be amended by adding at the end thereof the following: "Taxes may also be imposed on income, privileges and occupations, which taxes may be graduated and progressive, and reasonable exemptions may be provided." So that when so amended said section shall read as follows: "Section 1. The rule of taxation shall be uniform, and taxes shall be levied upon such property as the legislature shall prescribe. Taxes may also be imposed on incomes, privileges and occupations, which taxes may be graduated and progressive, and reasonable exemptions may be provided."[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 12 & JR 12 (1905)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 19 & JR 29 (1907)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.661 (1907)[1]

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