Texans to Vote on Prohibiting an Income Tax

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Texans to Vote on Prohibiting an Income Tax

Voters in Texas are poised to amend their constitution to make it more difficult to impose a state income tax.


Proposition 4 is among 10 ballot measures facing voters tomorrow in the Lone Star State. It mandates that any proposal to enact a state income tax would require a two-thirds vote of the state legislature to put it on the ballot and then approval from two-thirds of the state’s voters.


The Texas constitution currently bans a state income tax, but allows one to be approved if a majority of the legislature puts it on the ballot and a majority of voters approve it. Under the current provision, revenue from such a tax could only be used for property tax relief or to increase education funding.


Supporters of Proposition 4 say it is necessary to ensure that it is difficult to enact an income tax. They say that Texas has a business-friendly reputation and tax structure, and this amendment would enhance these things. They argue that it will impose fiscal discipline on the state’s policymakers.


Opponents counter that this amendment is unnecessary. They point out that the state constitution already prohibits an income tax and requires voter approval prior to its enactment. They also argue that increasing the burdens for seeking an income tax in the future will tie the hands of policymakers in the future who may need more state revenue as Texas grows.


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