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 statement on governor’s plan for $65M in mid-year local aid and school account cuts 11/19/2014
MMA letter urging Legislature to reject Gov. Patrick’s proposed $25.5M cut to Unrestricted General Government Aid 11/19/2014
Beacon Hill must commit to education funding partnership 11/01/2014
November and January are critical months for Ch. 90 road funds 10/01/2014
MMA issues ‘10 Partnership Policies to Build a Stronger Commonwealth’ 09/11/2014
The future is ‘FutureStructure’ 09/02/2014
MMA letter to conference committee outlining municipal concerns in gun violence prevention bills 07/24/2014
MMA urges legislators to support strong state-local partnership in economic development bill 07/16/2014
Telecom assault on local zoning should be rejected 07/16/2014
As Senate considers charter school expansion, MMA calls for full funding of reimbursement program 07/15/2014
MMA comments to MassDEP on draft Water Management Act regulations 07/10/2014
MMA letter to governor outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget bill before him 07/02/2014
MMA letter to Senate outlines municipal priorities in economic development bill, including local liquor license control 07/01/2014
MMA letter to Senate asking members to oppose proposals to remove local authority in siting of wireless facilities 06/17/2014
MMA letter to House members urging support for economic development bill and local liquor license control amendment 06/11/2014
It's time to lift the antiquated liquor license cap 06/02/2014
MMA letter to House-Senate conference committee outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget 05/28/2014
MMA letter to House Ways and Means Committee calling for changes to zoning and land use bill 05/23/2014
MMA letter to conference committee urges support for municipal unemployment insurance reform 05/21/2014
MMA letter to senators outlines municipal priorities in FY15 state budget 05/19/2014
MMA letter to Economic Development Committee outlining municipal priorities in economic development bill 05/16/2014
MMA letter to Bonding Committee urges support for environmental bond bill 05/15/2014
MMA letter to House members urges support for key municipal items in FY14 supplemental budget bill 05/14/2014
Economic recovery presents opportunity to address local aid shortfalls 05/01/2014
MMA letter to House members urging support for key budget amendments 04/22/2014
MMA letter to the governor thanking him for filing supplemental request for charter school reimbursements 04/17/2014
MMA creates Municipal Opiate Addiction and Overdose Prevention Task Force 04/08/2014
MMA letter to House members urges them to support municipal unemployment reform provisions in H. 3983 04/01/2014
Reduced local aid translates into higher property taxes 04/01/2014
MMA letter to conference committee urging support for multi-year Ch. 90 commitment of $300M per year in transportation bond bill 03/18/2014

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