Citizens for Limited Taxation is the largest taxpayers
association in Massachusetts. CLT was founded in 1974 to defend state taxpayers against a proposed state
graduated income tax, which it defeated on the 1976 statewide ballot and
four times since, the latest in 1994.
CLT also limited property taxes with Proposition 2½ in 1980 and created a
state tax cap in 1986.
CLT is staffed by Barbara Anderson (executive director), Chip Ford
(director of operations), and associate director Chip Faulkner.
Citizens for Limited Taxation vigilantly strives to limit taxes,
return to the taxpayers of Massachusetts as much of their hard-earned income as possible,
and limit the size, growth, power and reach of government at all levels. In
celebrated its 36th year as the lone voice of the beleaguered Massachusetts taxpayer.
CLT's 25th Anniversary Banquet
-- May 20, 1999 --
A Promise to Keep: 5% was the most recent CLT ballot committee.
Beginning in the fall of 1997, our ballot committee organized two
statewide petition drives (1997 and 1999) with the intent of rolling
back the eleven-year old "temporary" income tax increase.
The first effort was defeated by the
Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Tax Equity Alliance of
Massachusetts in a bruising court challenge of our signatures. After
months of back-and-forth signature recounts, our petition was rejected
by the court for falling 26 signatures short.
With the support and leadership of
Governor Paul Cellucci, our second attempt in 1999 produced over twice
the required number of signatures, some 150,000.
Question 4 on the November 2000 ballot,
our "temporary" tax rollback, won overwhelmingly by 59-41
percent of the statewide vote.
In 2002, the Legislature
temporarily "froze" our rollback at 5.3 percent -- where it remains.
CLT continues to fight for taxpayers and voters by insisting it be
fully implemented, as mandated by the voters.
Please contact us for more details on how you can help us defend you
against More-Is-Never-Enough big government and its minions who shamelessly shill for it.
Better yet ... join us and help yourself survive the insatiable greed of bigger
government special interests like the teachers' and public employees' unions which
relentlessly feed at the public trough, at your expense.
As the wise old Benjamin Franklin noted:
"We must all hang
together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately."
Contact us by
calling (508) 915-3665, or by clicking the button below.
CLT's 2½ PAC, our political action
committee, supports candidates who take the "No New Taxes"
pledge and commit to defending citizens from intrusive and
oppressive state government. Its
executive director is Francis "Chip" Faulkner.
On the national level, CLT is a member of the "Leave Us Alone
Coalition" of the Washington-based
Americans for Tax
Reform. Chip Faulkner holds the monthly Friday Morning Group meeting
of center-right activist as ATR's state chapter, one of the most
successful in the nation. CLT is also a member of the
Washington-based National Taxpayers Union.
Barbara Anderson serves on the NTU board of directors.
CLT also is a member of the
Taxpayers Associations, which
meets bi-annually in one of the member
nations to compare national tax policies and discuss international taxpayer strategies.