Rep. Carmine Gentile, standing, speaks to local leaders during the Oct. 6 MMA Legislative Breakfast Meeting in Waltham.

On two Fridays in October, legislators and local officials from across Massachusetts gathered for four MMA Legislative Breakfast Meetings.

The MMA holds the meetings around the state each spring and fall to provide an opportunity for local officials to engage in informal discussions with legislators, fellow local officials, and MMA staff.

The fall meetings kicked off with an update from MMA Legislative Division staff covering state revenue, the fiscal 2024 state budget, and key bills in the MMA’s 2023-24 Legislative Package, among other topics.

Lenox Select Board Member Marybeth Mitts, left, Adams Town Administrator Jay Green, center, and Adams Selectman Christine Hoyt network during the Oct. 13 MMA Legislative Breakfast Meeting in Becket.

The update was followed by an open-ended opportunity for legislators and local officials to discuss the many challenges facing communities.

Discussions centered on Chapter 70 education aid and how it impacts school districts, PFAS contamination, the Chapter 90 local road and bridge maintenance program, the recently signed tax relief package, and the emergency shelter crisis.

The hosts of the meetings were Sterling and Waltham on Oct. 6 and Becket and Sandwich on Oct. 13. More than 160 municipal officials and legislators registered for the meetings, including 12 state representatives, four state senators, and a number of legislative staff members.

The MMA has hosted 228 breakfast meetings in more than 200 communities since 2007, with a goal of hosting a meeting in each of the state’s 351 cities and towns. Communities that have not hosted a Legislative Breakfast but would be interested in doing so are asked to contact Daniel Yi at or 617-426-7272, ext. 125.

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