Barbara Anderson, advocate for limited taxation campaign in Massachusetts, dies at 73

Barbara Anderson died Friday at the age of 73. Suzanne Kreiter / Boston Globe

Barbara Anderson, a longtime advocate for limited taxation in Massachusetts, died Friday following a months-long battle with leukemia. She was 73.

Anderson served as executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation until last year, according to a statement from the organization.

“For the past forty years Barbara Anderson was a relentless advocate for taxpayers across Massachusetts,” the organization said. “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.”

Proposition 2½ was passed in a landslide vote in November 1980, less than four months after she became executive director of CLT, according to The Boston Globe.

“I was always sort of a rebel,” Anderson said in 1985, according to the Globe. “I always questioned.”

Anderson’s regularly appeared on WRKO during the ‘80s and ‘90s as one of “the governors” with show host and Boston Herald columnist Jerry Williams were an institution, according to the Globe. She kept up a constant schedule of public appearances, debates with critics, and speeches.

Governor Charlie Baker was among those remembering Anderson and her work on social media.

She leaves behind her partner of 20 years Chip Ford, her son Lance, and two teenage grandchildren.

Read the full Globe article here.


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