Barbara Anderson Dies, 73, the Voice for Limited Taxation in Massachusetts

Section: Members Highlights / WTA Blog
8 May 2016

It saddens me to report the death of a life-long taxpayer leader who ran Citizens for Limited Taxation in Massachusetts, USA, Barbara Anderson. She was a stalwart for freedom in a very statist environment. May her example inspire us to have such a legacy.

“Among the successful ballot questions Ms. Anderson backed were Proposition 2½, in 1980, which capped property tax increases at 2.5 percent of fair market value; Question 3, in 1986, to remove a 1975 income-tax surcharge and put a cap on tax receipts; and Question 4, in 2000, which rolled back the state income tax rate from 5.85 percent to 5 percent.

Her greatest triumph, the landslide passage of Proposition 2½ in November 1980, took place less than four months after she became Citizens for Limited Taxation’s executive director. She had started there in 1977, as a part-time volunteer. A year later, she was hired as an administrative assistant.”