Apr 9, 2016 4:09 PM

Taxpayer advocate Barbara Anderson has died

Barbara Anderson, a taxpayer advocate who fought Massachusetts income tax hikes, died Friday.

Her nonprofit, Citizens for Limited Taxation, announced that the 73-year-old Anderson had been battling leukemia.

Anderson was a grassroots activist for decades. She led the campaign for property tax relief (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.

Anderson was 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 continued to be active in the organization.

Anderson leaves her partner of 20 years, Chip Ford; a son, Lance, and daughter-in-law, Mary, of Nevada, and their twin teenage children, Aidan and Mariah.

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

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