History


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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 2 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 2010 CLT celebrated its 36th year as the lone voice of the beleaguered Massachusetts taxpayer.


CLT's 25th Anniversary Banquet
-- May 20, 1999 --

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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 2 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 World Taxpayers Associations, which meets bi-annually in one of the member nations to compare national tax policies and discuss international taxpayer strategies.

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