Washington has neither a personal nor a corporate state income tax. Voters have repeatedly rejected it, since last passing it in 1932. Yet every few years, it seems another attempt to adopt one comes along, as we noted last week.
Yesterday, the state Senate considered a measure to send a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters to place a specific ban on income taxes in the constitution. Though it received a simple majority, it fell short of the supermajority required to propose an amendment to the constitution.
Senate Joint Resolution 8204 failed in the Republican-led chamber because 27 senators voted in support, short of the 33 votes needed.
Constitutional amendments require a two-thirds vote in the Senate and House before they can be sent to the ballot for a public vote.