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November 1944 General

House Joint Resolution 1
CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
For35748866.60%
Against17927333.40%
Ballot Title:
Proposed amendement to Article VII of Constitution, adding section limiting aggregate annual levy of taxes on real and personal property to forty mills; exempting port and public utility districts; defining taxing districts; authorizing exceeding of limitation in certain cases by vote of electors; authorizing refunding of certain bonds by certain taxing districts outside of limitation by vote of governing body; subjecting amendment to Article VIII, Section 6, of Constitution; and making other exceptions.
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House Joint Resolution 4
CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
For35858169.03%
Against16089830.97%
Ballot Title:
Proposed amendment to Article II of the Constitution, by adding a new section to be known as Section 40, limiting exclusively to highway purposes the use of motor vehicle license fees, excise taxes on motor fuels and other revenue intended for highway purposes only; providing for their payment into a special fund of the State Treasury; defining highway purposes; and excepting from its provisions certain other designated fees and taxes.
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Initiative to the People 157
CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
For24056537.31%
Against40425662.69%
Ballot Title:
An act relating to Social Security and Unemployment Compensation; creating a Washington State Social Security Board and establishing a Washington State Social Security System; extending unemployment compensation benefits to include war veterans and certain governmental employees; enlarging, generally, the scope of unemployment benefits; liberalizing grants to the blind and senior citizens; directing a survey of cost and availability of medical care; prescribing duties of certain officers; defining certain terms; making an appropriation; repealing acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith and establishing effective dates.
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Initiative to the People 158
CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
For18440529.65%
Against43750270.35%
Ballot Title:
An act relating to revenue and taxation; providing for the levy and collection of a three per cent tax on gross income; providing for certain exemptions and deductions; providing for the disposition of revenue derived hereunder; prescribing monthly payments of not less than sixty dollars to certain aged, blind, disabled or widowed persons from an Employment and Retirement Mutual Insurance Fund, herein created; prescribing duties of officers and procedure in relation hereto; regulating disposition of payments by beneficiaries; defining terms and prescribing penalties.
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Referendum Bill 25
CandidatePartyVotesPercentage
For29791944.40%
Against37305155.60%
Ballot Title:
An act pertaining to public power resources and public utilities and acquisition and operation thereof by certain public authoritiies and municipal corporations; authorizing public utility district commissioners to create joint commissions; relating to composition, government, powers, funds, business and properties thereof; applying certain public utility district laws thereto; empowering them to acquire electrical properties solely by issuing revenue bonds and warrants; requiring deposit of funds with State Treasurer and audit of accounts by State Auditor; taxing their operations instead of property; permititng their union; ofsetting earnings against interest on certain condemnation awards; declaring emergency and that act take effect immediately.
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