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Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Proposition 2 1/2 Monitoring Project.

Records, 1981-1986.

Archival Collection - AC 182

Administrative History | Scope and Content Note


In November 1980, Massachusetts voters approved referendum Proposition 2 1/2, fixing local tax increases at 2.5 percent. In March 1981 a team of scholars based in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning initiated the IMPACT 2 1/2 Project, led by Lawrence E. Susskind. The project monitored the impact of the law and provided nonpartisan analysis. Their findings were published in a 1983 study entitled Proposition 2 1/2: Its Impact on Massachusetts, edited by Susskind, and in the semimonthly publication Impact: 2 1/2.

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1.2 cubic feet (2 manuscript boxes & 1 oversize box)

The collection includes drafts of articles and case studies for a proposed second volume written by project staff concerning the effects of Proposition 2 1/2 on local governments in Massachusetts. Also included is the project newsletter, Impact: 2 1/2.

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