CLT News Release
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Taxpayer champion Barbara Anderson dies at 73


Citizens for Limited Taxation announces with deep sadness the passing of Barbara C. Anderson on April 8, 2016. Barbara was 73 and had been battling leukemia for several months.


For the past forty years Barbara Anderson was a relentless advocate for taxpayers across Massachusetts. Her accomplishments included leading the campaign for property tax relief for which she was called “The Mother of Proposition 2½,” repeal of the state income tax surtax, defeat of the graduated income tax ballot question, and the rollback of the “temporary” state income tax increase.

Barbara was a recognized and outspoken grassroots activist for decades; a co-host with Howie Carr and Jerry Williams (WRKO) on his weekly “The Governors” program during the Gov. Dukakis era; a frequent guest and commentator across the media; and a weekly columnist for The Salem News and The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company.

Barbara retired as executive director of CLT last year, but stayed on in a less demanding capacity, still participating daily with the organization that was her life.

Barbara Anderson leaves behind her partner of twenty years, Chip Ford, a son Lance and daughter-in-law Mary of Nevada and their twin teenage children, Aidan and Mariah, grandchildren who she adored.

Per her request, no services are planned at this time.



Barbara Anderson 1943-2016

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