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 descending
The MIIA story: 25 years, and counting 11/01/2007
Local aid is an economic necessity 01/02/2009
MMA letter to Legislature outlining detailed reform package 01/05/2009
MMA letter to Legislature urging prompt consideration of reform package 01/12/2009
Welcome to the new MMA.org! 01/19/2009
Resolution on a Progressive Energy Plan for the Cities and Towns of Massachusetts (2009) 01/24/2009
Resolution on Water Infrastructure Funding (2009) 01/24/2009
Members OK energy and labor policies 01/26/2009
1,000 local leaders attend 2009 MMA Annual Meeting 01/26/2009
The time for real reform has come 02/02/2009
Jeff Nutting elected MMA president; Scanlon is VP 02/06/2009
Federal partnership is a call to action 03/02/2009
MMA testimony to Ways and Means Committees regarding fiscal 2010 state budget 03/09/2009
MMA testimony on transporation reform bills 03/12/2009
MMA letter to Legislature urging action on 4 key reforms 03/27/2009
Global crisis should trigger end to status quo at home 04/01/2009
MMA letter to the Joint Committee on Revenue regarding health insurance plan design 04/07/2009
MMA letter to Joint Committee on Revenue calling for expansion of local-option revenue sources 04/07/2009
MMA letter to House members urging them to reject local aid cuts 04/23/2009
It’s time for revenues and reform 05/01/2009
MMA letter to Municipal Relief Commission regarding health insurance reform 05/07/2009
MMA testimony on recommendations of the Special Commission on Municipal Relief (H. 1971) and on an Act Strengthening the Commonwealth’s Partnership with Municipalities (H. 104), filed by the Governor 05/12/2009
MMA testimony to Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government regarding health insurance reform 05/12/2009
MMA letter to Senate urging rejection of record local aid cuts and support for sales tax increase in FY10 state budget 05/18/2009
MMA letter to Environment, Natural Resource and Agriculture Committee regarding electronic waste bill 05/19/2009
MMA letter to Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee regarding wind energy siting reform bill 05/20/2009
MMA letter to Municipalities and Regional Government Committee regarding zoning reform 05/26/2009
MMA letter to budget conference committee outlining local priorities for state budget 05/29/2009
It’s time for health reform, not politics 06/01/2009
MMA letter to legislators urging rejection of flawed health insurance plan in Senate budget 06/03/2009

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