Advocacy

On behalf of the cities and towns of the commonwealth, the Massachusetts Municipal Association pursues a wide variety of municipal interests at both the state and federal levels of government. The MMA is active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and occasionally state-level court cases.

The MMA advocacy program is based on local government policies developed by permanent and ad hoc policy committees comprised of local officials. Policies are approved by MMA members at the annual meeting held each year in January.

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 Massachusetts 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 before legislative committees and executive branch agencies

• Prepares bulletins and reports for 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, providing updates on pending matters of interest to local government

In addition, the Local Government Advisory Commission, comprising the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with the governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to pursue a strengthening of the state-local partnership.
 
Link to Legislature's website to find your legislators, track legislation or look up bills or state laws

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.

Titlesort descending Date
A good start for MBTA reform 07/15/2015
America faces an intergovernmental fiscal and relationship crisis 09/01/2012
As Senate considers charter school expansion, MMA calls for full funding of reimbursement program 07/15/2014
Bay State puts municipal management on national stage 09/03/2013
Beacon Hill must commit to education funding partnership 11/01/2014
Binding arbitration a bad deal for taxpayers 04/30/2010
Boost needed for Ch. 90 local road funding 09/01/2016
Broken charter school funding system must be fixed 05/01/2017
Budget season is here and the stakes are high 02/01/2014
Budget season off to a good start 02/01/2010
Cadillac tax would harm communities, taxpayers and employees 11/02/2015
Cities and towns face $362M funding gap to maintain and repair local roads 12/18/2012
Congress must act on budget, transportation 09/07/2011
Congress stalls on transportation funding 05/01/2015
D.C. and Europe woes renew Mass. fiscal challenges 12/01/2012
Debunking municipal health plan myths 03/02/2011
Déjà vu all over again 01/01/2010
DPU must protect solar projects from utility rate proposal 09/01/2017
Early action needed on top issues 12/01/2010
Economic recovery presents opportunity to address local aid shortfalls 05/01/2014
Education funding needs to grow in state budget 02/02/2017
EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances 09/01/2015
Faltering national economy spells trouble for Mass. 09/01/2010
Federal inaction will trigger double-dip recession 10/01/2012
Federal partnership is a call to action 03/02/2009
Federal tax and infrastructure plans will impact cities, towns and states 01/02/2017
Fiscal recovery requires partnership 07/27/2010
Full municipal aid increase necessary for local fiscal stability 06/01/2017
Global crisis should trigger end to status quo at home 04/01/2009
Gov. kicks off budget season, punts on local aid 02/01/2012

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