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.

MMA members: To receive the MMA’s e-mail alerts, contact the MMA by using our online form; please use “e-advocacy alerts” as the subject line.

Title Datesort ascending
Municipal priorities are where the action is 02/01/2013
Resolution Supporting a Local-State-Federal Partnership to Protect the Environment (2013) 01/26/2013
Resolution on the Urgent Need to Ensure Sustainability for Other Post-Employment Benefit Costs (2013) 01/26/2013
Resolution Calling for a Full Local-Federal Partnership to Protect the United States Economy, Preserve Essential Services for Citizens, and Ensure the Fiscal Health of the Cities and Towns of the Commonwealth (2013) 01/26/2013
Resolution Calling for Solutions to the Transportation Finance Crisis (2013) 01/26/2013
MMA statement regarding legislation to reform public retiree health benefits 01/11/2013
Unity in uncertain times 01/02/2013
Cities and towns face $362M funding gap to maintain and repair local roads 12/18/2012
D.C. and Europe woes renew Mass. fiscal challenges 12/01/2012
Federal inaction will trigger double-dip recession 10/01/2012
America faces an intergovernmental fiscal and relationship crisis 09/01/2012
MMA letter urging the governor to sign ambulance payment legislation 08/01/2012
Health reform anniversary shows huge savings 07/20/2012
MMA applauds 1st anniversary of Municipal Health Insurance Reform 07/11/2012
MMA letter to governor urging support for local accounts in state budget 07/03/2012
MMA applauds Legislature’s fiscal 2013 state budget 06/28/2012
MMA letter to House urging rejection of energy bill provisions that undermine local property tax authority 06/25/2012
MMA letter to conference committee outlining local priorities for state budget 06/07/2012
Senate invests in cities and towns 06/01/2012
MMA letter to Senate outlining local priorities for FY13 budget 05/22/2012
MMA letter to House regarding economic development bill 05/22/2012
MMA statement on FY13 budget bill released by Senate Ways & Means Committee 05/16/2012
MMA letter to House objecting to property tax provision in energy bill 05/14/2012
House budget invests in cities, towns; local leaders look to Senate to follow suit 05/01/2012
MMA letter to House regarding FY13 state budget 04/23/2012
MMA letter to Public Service Committee urging passage of unemployment insurance reforms 04/19/2012
MMA statement on the FY13 state budget bill released by the House Ways and Means Committee 04/11/2012
MMA letter to EOEA raising concerns about Sustainable Water Management Initiative Framework 04/06/2012
Transportation funding debate key to strong economy 04/01/2012
MMA letter to Senate President urging caution on solar/wind tax exemption 03/28/2012

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