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
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