Lincoln Select Board Member Jennifer Glass, left, and Rep. Carmine Gentile talk during the March 15 MMA Legislative Breakfast in Westborough.

On three Fridays in March, legislators and local officials from across Massachusetts gathered for six MMA Legislative Breakfast Meetings in Greenfield, Holyoke, North Andover, Rockland, Wareham and Westborough.

The spring meetings kicked off with an update from MMA Legislative Division staff covering the state revenue picture, the fiscal 2025 state budget, the governor’s Municipal Empowerment Act legislation, and key bills in the MMA’s 2023-24 legislative package, among other topics.

The update was followed by an open-ended opportunity for legislators and local officials to discuss the many challenges facing communities. Discussions covered Chapter 70 education aid and its impacts on school districts, Unrestricted General Government Aid, the MBTA Communities law, the Chapter 90 local road and bridge maintenance program, a municipal building authority bill, state environmental regulations, and other issues.

More than 235 municipal officials and legislators registered for the spring meetings, including 17 state representatives, eight state senators, and a number of legislative staff members. The meetings were held on March 1, 8 and 15.

The MMA also hosted a legislative briefing on March 28 covering similar content. The recording is available on the MMA website.

The MMA holds its Legislative Breakfast 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 MMA has hosted 234 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 an MMA Legislative Breakfast Meeting but would be interested in doing so are asked to contact Daniel Yi at or 617-426-7272, ext. 125.

Written by