Advocacy

The MMA is the ONE voice that advocates for direct aid and support for core municipal and public education services provided by every community in Massachusetts. The MMA’s advocacy efforts are focused on a single goal: Building strong communities in Massachusetts.
 
The MMA is active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and occasionally state-level court cases. The MMA reviews 3,000 pieces of legislation per year and testifies on about 100 bills.
 
The MMA fights for:
• Critical funding for essential quality-of-life services (education, public safety, public works, economic development, libraries, etc.)
• Local decision-making authority (so community leaders can shape their communities in concert with residents)
• Full funding of state and federal mandates (e.g., special education, school transportation, charter school tuition, environmental regulations)
• Fiscal and environmental sustainability
 
The MMA’s work results in more than $5 billion from the state each year in municipal and education aid to every city and town.
 
The MMA was the prime driver behind municipal health insurance reform, which saves cities and towns more than $250 million per year.
 
The MMA advocacy program is based on the work of policy committees comprised of local officials. Municipal priorities are endorsed by local officials at the MMA’s Annual Meeting each January.
 
The Local Government Advisory Commission, including most of the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with top administration officials to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to pursue a strengthening of the state-local partnership.
 
The MMA’s Legislative Division:
 
• Files a package of MMA-sponsored bills for each two-year legislative session to promote local government interests
 
• Analyzes and tracks bills filed with the state Legislature that could affect local governments, and works with national affiliates, including the National League of Cities, to monitor bills before Congress
 
• Develops positions on bills and delivers testimony to legislative committees and executive branch agencies
 
• Updates local officials on legislative and executive branch actions and involves members in advocacy activities such as committee testimony and meetings with state officials
 
• Participates on special commissions and other policy development groups
 
• Distributes Legislative Alerts to key local officials when the Massachusetts Legislature is in session
 
Important Links
Massachusetts Legislature
Find My Legislator
Search Massachusetts Bills and Laws
Governor’s office
 
MMA members: To receive the MMA’s e-mail alerts, contact the MMA by using our online form; please include “e-advocacy alerts” in the body of your message.
 

Title Datesort ascending
Municipalities and Real Estate Coalition Join Together in Support of Housing Production Bill An Act to promote housing choices (H.4290) 06/21/2018
MMA letter to state budget conference committee outlines municipal priorities in FY19 budget 06/07/2018
Legislature should protect local decision-making for zoning, land use 06/01/2018
MMA letter to MassDOT Secretary Pollack supports capital plan but calls for Ch. 90 increase 05/30/2018
MMA letter to governor urges continued opposition to legislation that would remove management authority over certain non-teaching school employees 05/29/2018
MMA letter to senators outlines municipal priorities in FY19 state budget bill 05/17/2018
MMA letter to House-Senate conference committee identifies municipal positions on provisions in short-term rental bills 05/16/2018
This election year, our ballots and budgets are closely linked 05/01/2018
MMA letter to House members outlines municipal priorities in FY19 state budget bill 04/20/2018
MMA letter to Joint Committee on Environment supports legislation promoting climate change adaptation 04/03/2018
Chapter 90 funding is essential to repair our roads 04/02/2018
MMA testimony to Legislature outlines municipal concerns for fiscal 2019 state budget 03/19/2018
MMA letter to Joint Transportation Committee calls for multi-year Ch. 90 bill at $300M per year 03/14/2018
A dedicated public servant, Rep. Peter Kocot exemplified a life well-lived 03/01/2018
In letters to governor and Ways and Means chairs, MMA seeks supplemental funding this year for special education “circuit breaker” 03/01/2018
MMA’s 2018 policy committee rosters set 02/28/2018
MMA letter to Senate Ways and Means Committee identifies municipal positions on energy bill provisions 02/27/2018
MMA letter to Cannabis Control Commission on proposed adult use of marijuana regulations 02/15/2018
Policy Committees of the MMA 02/14/2018
Information sessions set for 2018-19 MMA-Suffolk certificate programs 02/09/2018
MMA, Suffolk announce Local Government Leadership program for 2018-2019 02/05/2018
MMA members endorse 3 policy resolutions 02/02/2018
Education funding needs to grow in state budget 02/01/2018
MMA testimony to Housing Committee urges support for governor’s Act to Promote Housing Choices 01/30/2018
1,200-plus attend 39th MMA Annual Meeting 01/30/2018
Mark Hawke, Ellen Allen to lead MMA 01/30/2018
Policies of the MMA 01/21/2018
Resolution Supporting a Local-State-Federal Partnership to Combat the Effects of Climate Change (2018) 01/20/2018
Resolution in Opposition to the Ballot Question that Would Reduce the Sales and Use Tax Rate (2018) 01/20/2018
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2019 and Beyond (2018) 01/20/2018

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