Bill prohibiting income tax fails in Senate

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Q13 News photo

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Senate failed to reach the required vote threshold to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to prohibit a state income tax.

Senate Joint Resolution 8204 failed in the Republican-led chamber Tuesday because only 27 senators voted in support, shy of the 33 votes needed. Constitutional amendments require a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and House before they can be sent to the ballot for a public vote.

Washington is one of seven states without a personal income tax. The others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

New Hampshire and Tennessee have a limited income tax on interest, dividends and capital gains, but they do not tax wages and salaries, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.