Texas Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment Banning State Income Tax
Texas voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of 10 constitutional amendments. The one receiving the most publicity was Proposition 4, which would ban the implementation of a statewide income tax.
The official text of the proposition is: "THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROHIBITING THE IMPOSITION OF AN INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX, INCLUDING A TAX ON AN INDIVIDUALS SHARE OF PARTNERSHIP AND UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION INCOME."
With 89% of counties reporting across the state on Tuesday night (9:49pm), 77.22% of Texas voters, voted for Prop. 4.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, on Tuesday evening, released a following statement after Texans voted for Proposition 4 which permanently bans an income tax in Texas, “Today’s passage of Prop. 4 is a victory for taxpayers across the Lone Star State.
"I am grateful to Representative Jeff Leach for his bold leadership on this issue, and for the overwhelming majority of Texans who voted to ensure that our great state will always be free of a state income tax. This ban on such a disastrous tax will keep our economy prosperous, protect taxpayers, and ensure that Texas remains the best state to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor Abbott.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION RESULTS AS OF 9:49pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 1: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PERMITTING A PERSON TO HOLD MORE THAN ONE OFFICE AS A MUNICIPAL JUDGE AT THE SAME TIME.
Yes-- 34.12% -- 361,492
No-- 65.88% -- 698,092
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 2: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ADDITIONAL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS BY THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $200 MILLION TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CERTAIN PROJECTS IN ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED AREAS.
Yes-- 63.67% -- 670,052
No -- 36.33% -- 382,272
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 3: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE FOR A TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FROM AD VALOREM TAXATION OF A PORTION OF THE APPRAISED VALUE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY DAMAGED BY A DISASTER.
Yes-- 85.90% -- 905,576
No -- 14.10% -- 148,664
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 4: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROHIBITING THE IMPOSITION OF AN INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX, INCLUDING A TAX ON AN INDIVIDUALS SHARE OF PARTNERSHIP AND UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION INCOME.
Yes-- 77.22% -- 818,799
No -- 22.78% -- 241,584
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 5: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING THE REVENUE RECEIVED FROM THE EXISTING STATE SALES AND USE TAXES THAT ARE IMPOSED ON SPORTING GOODS TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AND THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION TO PROTECT TEXAS NATURAL AREAS, WATER QUALITY, AND HISTORY BY ACQUIRING, MANAGING, AND IMPROVING STATE AND LOCAL PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES WHILE NOT INCREASING THE RATE OF THE STATE SALES AND USE TAXES.
Yes -- 86.94% -- 919,894
No -- 13.06% -- 138,177
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 6: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE BY $3 BILLION THE MAXIMUM BOND AMOUNT AUTHORIZED FOR THE CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS.
Yes-- 63.89% -- 671,253
No -- 36.11% -- 379,380
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 7: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ALLOWING INCREASED DISTRIBUTIONS TO THE AVAILABLE SCHOOL FUND.
Yes-- 72.84% -- 765,592
No -- 27.16% -- 285,476
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 8: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF THE FLOOD INFRASTRUCTURE FUND TO ASSIST IN THE FINANCING OF DRAINAGE, FLOOD MITIGATION, AND FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS.
Yes-- 76.07% -- 801,744
No -- 23.93% -- 252,243
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 9: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO EXEMPT FROM AD VALOREM TAXATION PRECIOUS METAL HELD IN A PRECIOUS METAL DEPOSITORY LOCATED IN THIS STATE.
Yes-- 53.89% -- 552,070
No-- 46.11% -- 472,356
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 10: THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW THE TRANSFER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT ANIMAL TO A QUALIFIED CARETAKER IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Yes -- 93.86% -- 992,929
No -- 6.14% -- 64,940