Article from Reason Christian Britschgi.

On Tuesday, some 76 percent of voters in the state approved Prop 4, a constitutional amendment that prohibits the imposition of a state income tax.

The immediate practical impact of the vote is slight, given that Texas currently has no income tax, and the state constitution had already made passing one a difficult endeavor. The success of Prop. 4 nevertheless highlights the bipartisan political appeal of Texas’ long refusal to take a cut of people’s paychecks.

“THANK YOU TEXANS!!!! Future generations of Texans will thank you too,” tweeted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, after the vote. “Keep Government out of your pocketbook.”

Prior to the vote, Abbott had tweeted a video of himself tearing up a California state income tax return form. “I never want to see one of these in the great state of Texas,” he says to the camera.

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