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 testimony on several bills before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy 03/13/2014
MMA letter to senators urges support of transportation bond bill with $300M per year for Ch. 90 03/06/2014
Lottery proceeds, local aid must flow home 03/03/2014
MMA letter to Financial Services Committee expresses strong support for state flood insurance legislation 02/27/2014
MMA letter urges senators to support water infrastructure bond bill 02/27/2014
MMA letter to Gaming Commission calling for reversal of vote to divert casino and slots licensing fees 02/25/2014
MMA letter to Ways and Means committees outlines revenue-sharing objectives for FY15 state budget 02/25/2014
MMA comments to DPU regarding guidelines for siting of land-based wind energy facilities 02/20/2014
MMA letter to Senate urges adoption of amendment to fully fund charter school reimbursements 02/13/2014
MMA letter to House urges support for charter school and transportation funding in budget bill 02/12/2014
MMA letter to Senate Bonding Committee urges swift passage of bond bill with Ch. 90 funds 02/11/2014
Budget season is here and the stakes are high 02/01/2014
MMA testimony to Senate Bonding Committee expressing support for water infrastructure bond bill 01/30/2014
MMA letter to House members applauds their adoption of $300M for Ch. 90 for FY15 01/30/2014
MMA letter to conference committee calls for state funding of any mandates in elections bill 01/29/2014
MMA offers comments to Department of Energy Resources on proposed “Solar Carve-Out II” regulations 01/29/2014
MMA testifies to Regulatory Committee in support of bill to allow RFPs for design, construction, financing and operation of water facilities 01/29/2014
MMA letter to MassDOT urging inclusion of $300M Ch. 90 funding level in 5-year transportation plan 01/29/2014
MMA members endorse 3 policy resolutions 01/29/2014
Resolution Ensuring Sustainable OPEB Costs for Cities and Towns and Local Taxpayers (2014) 01/27/2014
Resolution Ensuring a Strong and Productive Role for Cities, Towns and Community Residents To Promote and Ensure Effective Land Use and Housing Policies (2014) 01/27/2014
Resolution Ensuring a Strong Partnership Between Cities and Towns and the Commonwealth in Fiscal 2015 and Beyond (2014) 01/27/2014
Mayor Dumas, Selectman Dunford elected MMA leaders for 2014 01/27/2014
2014 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/27/2014
MMA letter to Public Service Committee urging rejection of legislation to change groupings for retiree benefits 01/07/2014
MMA’s Annual Meeting will ensure fast start on key issues 01/01/2014
MMA letter to governor outlines local government priorities for FY15 state budget 12/20/2013
MMA letter to Bonding Committee urging inclusion of Chapter 90 in transportation bond bill 12/11/2013
MMA testimony to Telecomm, Utilities and Energy Committee outlining objections to bills that would alter wind energy siting process 12/03/2013
OPEB reform must be a top priority 12/02/2013

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