State income tax initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

  • Thu Jul 15th, 2010 10:11pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A voter initiative seeking to impose an income tax on Washington state’s wealthier residents is headed to the November ballot.

The state Elections Division says Initiative 1098 qualified for a spot on the ballot after a check of 3 percent of the petition signatures collected by the campaign. It’s the third of six possible initiatives to qualify.

Authorities are still investigating a possible case of signature fraud on a small number of petitions supporting I-1098. Those petitions were kept out of the pool that officials tested for qualification.

I-1098 would impose an income tax on high earners, while reducing state property taxes and expanding tax credits for small businesses.