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
MMA letter to senators urges redraft of public records bill 02/02/2016
Local priorities to strengthen Massachusetts 02/01/2016
Lisa Blackmer, Mel Kleckner are new MMA president, VP 01/29/2016
2016 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/27/2016
MMA members endorse 2 policy resolutions 01/27/2016
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Enduring Fiscal Partnership Between Cities and Towns and State Government in Fiscal 2017 and Beyond (2016) 01/24/2016
Resolution Supporting a Strong and Enduring Local-State-Federal Partnership to Protect the Environment (2016) 01/24/2016
MMA letter to Transportation Committee urging support for provisions of ‘municipal modernization’ bill 01/06/2016
Ring in New Year with early Ch. 90 bill 01/01/2016
MMA letter to governor outlining municipal priorities for FY17 state budget 12/29/2015
MMA urges passage of bill to protect local ambulance services 12/08/2015
Public records bill must remain balanced and affordable 12/01/2015
Cadillac tax would harm communities, taxpayers and employees 11/02/2015
MMA calls for deferral of streamflow bill, but supports water bank bill 10/27/2015
MMA urges support for bill to facilitate establishment of municipal utilities 10/27/2015
MMA letter to Environment and Natural Resources Committee urging support for several water infrastructure bills 10/06/2015
Public records law updates require care and balance 10/01/2015
MMA letter urges Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to support legislation to raise ‘net-metering’ cap 09/29/2015
MMA letter urging Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to quickly endorse double-poles bill 09/22/2015
MMA testimony to Public Service Committee on legislation relative to public employee benefits 09/08/2015
EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances 09/01/2015
MMA testimony to Revenue Committee on a number of bills affecting municipal revenue 07/28/2015
A good start for MBTA reform 07/15/2015
MMA testimony to Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee in support of three bills 07/15/2015
MMA letter to Community Development and Small Businesses Committee supporting bill to market prioritized development sites 07/13/2015
MMA letter to governor asks his support for local priorities in FY16 state budget 07/10/2015
MMA applauds local aid investments in Legislature’s FY16 state budget plan 07/08/2015
MMA letter to Environment and Natural Resources Committee supporting bills to boost recycling and control solid waste management costs 06/23/2015
MMA testimony on several bills before the Municipalities and Regional Government Committee 06/16/2015
MMA letter to Revenue Committee on a number of bills that would affect municipal finance 06/15/2015

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