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Baker to MMA

The State House News Service got the quote from Governor Baker more accurately than I did on Friday.  It is encouraging that the Gov seems so focused on making the state-town relationship work better.  I am looking forward to learning more about the “community compacts.” –


BAKER PLEDGES STRONG TIES TO MUNI LEADERS

[Story Developing] After pledging on the campaign trail to boost local aid in lockstep with growing state revenues, Gov. Charlie Baker told local officials Friday in a major address that he’s creating a community compact cabinet.

The cabinet and the new position, located within the Department of Revenue, was created through the first executive order of Baker’s new administration.

The cabinet, headed by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, will “reduce red tape” and lead to “community compacts,” Baker said in a speech to 900 members of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “These compacts will create clear mutual standards, expectations and accountability,” he said.

On the campaign trail, Baker pledged to boost local aid in lockstep with growing state revenues. He is due to file his first budget for fiscal year 2016 by early March.

Baker on Friday noted the deficit in the fiscal 2015 budget, which he has estimated at $765 million.

“I would call it challenging, I don’t think it’s any more than that,” Baker said, adding that in 1991 while coming into government as a part of Gov. William Weld’s administration, “We faced a similar budget deficit on a more smaller budget overall and worked our way through that.” – Gintautas Dumcius/SHNS

MMA meeting Friday & Saturday

I am attending the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting for the next two days, which has the following schedule.  I am cheap enough that I just drive home at night and I am not willing to pay go to the dinners.  Let me know if there are programs that you think I should make sure to attend, especially for the concurrent workshops:


Friday, January 23, 2015
8 a.m.-5 p.m Conference Registration
9:30-11 a.m.
Hynes, Hall C foyer, 2nd floor
Opening Session
Keynote Speaker: Mike Walsh Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Municipal Trade Show
Hynes, Hall C & Auditorium
Noon-1 :30 p.m.
WEMO Luncheon (preregistration required)
Speaker: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Hynes, Ballroom C, 3rd floor
2-3:30 p.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Friday session
• Emergency Planning for People, Pets and Property
• Executing the Business of Towns Through Board Collaboration: A Case Example
•Going Green: Getting Energy Efficiency Right
•Labor Law Update
• Lessons and Landmines: Navigating Interviews and Internal Investigations
• Roofs, Roads, Runoffs and Regulations: New Standards for Treating Stormwater and Drinking
Water
• Select Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance Law and Administration
• Seven Minutes with a Highly Effective Manager
• The CPA: What Makes It Great
•The Value of Creativity: Cultural Assets as Economic Drivers
Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
3:45-5: 15 p.m.
EMERGING ISSUES FORUMS
•Driving Economic Development: What Matters to the Private Sector
•Modernizing Personnel Benefits: Sustainability and Flexibility for Cities and Towns
• Understanding the Opioid Crisis in Our Communities
Hynes, 3rd floor meeting rooms
6-7 p.m.
Opening Reception
Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom foyer, 2nd floor
7-9 p.m.
Banquet Dinner, MMA President’s Address
Special guest: Peter Sagal
(Preregistration required) Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor
Saturday, January 24, 2015
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m Conference Registration
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Member Associations Breakfast
Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
Hynes, Hall C foyer, 2nd floor
BUSINESS MEETINGS FOR MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association Hynes, room 306
8:30-10 a.m. •Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association Hynes, Ballroom C, 3rd floor
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Mayors’ Association Hynes, room 300
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Municipal Management Association Hynes, room 304
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Municipal Trade Show
Hynes, Hall C & Auditorium
I 0: 15-11 :50 a.m. MMA Annual Business Meeting
(incl. President’s Address) Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
11 :50 a.m.-noon
MMA Board of Directors Meeting: Election of Officers
Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
noon-I :30 p.m.
MIIA Luncheon and Business Meeting (by reservation only)
Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
2-3:30 p.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Saturday session
• Best Practices for Interacting With the Mentally Ill
•Everything You Want to Know About STIP
• Financial Trend Monitoring and Revenue Forecasting
• Housing that Fits: Meeting the Needs of Your Community
• Infrastructure Financing Programs: How to Pay for Improvements and Innovation
•How to Be Successful at the Joint Labor-Management Committee
• Municipal and Open Meeting Law Update
•New Rules for Improving Veterans’ Services
• Underwater: Financing New Regulations
•Unfunded Mandates
Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
3:45-5 p.m. Closing Session Speaker:
Michael Beschloss Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
6-7:15 p.m.
Presentation oflnnovation, Municipal Website and Town Report Awards; President’s Reception
Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom, 2nd floor
7: 15-9: 15 p.m.
Annual Banquet (preregistration required)
Entertainment: Under the Streetlamp
Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

MMA annual meeting in two weeks

I will again attend two days of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting, in an effort to gain and bring back new ideas to Medfield.  This from the MMA today  –


 

Monday, January 12, 2015

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER TO ADDRESS ANNUAL MEETING
Governor will Speak at the Opening Session on Friday, Jan. 23
Register Today to Hear the Governor’s Speech to Municipal Leaders

Governor Charlie Baker will address local officials from every corner of the state at the opening session of the MMA’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show on Friday morning, January 23rd. This will be our new Governor’s first address to municipal leaders since taking the oath of office last week.

Governor Baker is off to a fast start, having released $100 million in Chapter 90 funds on his first day in office, and pledging to protect local aid from further cuts as the state grapples with a massive mid-year budget deficit. By attending the opening session of Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23, you will hear the latest from Governor Baker on his plans for a strong state-local partnership.

The MMA’s Annual Meeting will take place at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel, and it is a must-attend event! You will hear many other distinguished speakers on key municipal and national issues, too. Choose from 20 information-packed educational workshops. Attend emerging issues forums on the opioid addiction crisis, economic development and modernizing employee benefits. Take advantage of invaluable networking opportunities. Attend the largest trade show in New England, there’s no better way to launch 2015 and prepare for the challenges ahead.

The line-up of renowned speakers is impressive. In addition to Gov. Charlie Baker, our opening session keynote speaker will be futurist and business leader Mike Walsh at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23. Newly elected Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be the WEMO luncheon speaker at noon. The Friday evening dinner speaker is Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will address the members at the MMA’s Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, January 24. The closing session will feature renowned presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss. The Annual Meeting’s Saturday dinner will feature the original Jersey Boys, now performing as Under the Streetlamp. Top state officials and legislators will be present through the conference, meeting with local officials on major issues.

House speaker says ‘no” to municipal cuts

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –


November 20, 2014

SPEAKER DeLEO REJECTS $25.5 MILLION MUNICIPAL AID CUT

On Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation to impose a $25.5 million mid-year cut in Unrestricted General Government Aid, House Speaker Robert DeLeo issued a strong statement in opposition to the measure.

“Understanding the vital role cities and towns play in providing services and jobs, I will not support a reduction of unrestricted local aid,” said Speaker DeLeo.  “Local aid is integral to helping municipalities accurately assess and plan their budgets so they can contribute to the overall growth of the Commonwealth’s economy.”

The Speaker’s opposition to mid-year cuts to local aid will effectively kill the proposal for the remainder of the legislative session.  “This is very good news for communities across Massachusetts,” said MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith.  “We applaud and deeply appreciate the leadership of Speaker DeLeo and his colleagues in the Legislature for rejecting the Administration’s unwise and damaging proposal to slash unrestricted municipal aid.”

On Wednesday, November 19, the Governor announced his desire to close a $329 million state budget deficit by imposing over $65 million in mid-year cuts to cities and towns.  He used his statutory budget authority to reduce key municipal and education reimbursements and aid programs by $40.3 million, and filed legislation seeking a $25.5 million reduction in unrestricted local aid.  Speaker DeLeo’s opposition to the cut in unrestricted local aid will block that proposal, yet communities will still be hit with the $40.3 million reduction because the Governor Patrick can implement those cuts unilaterally without legislative approval.

The Governor’s $40.3 million in mid-year cuts to key municipal and education programs includes the following:

  • $18.7 million from regional school transportation, a 27% cut;
    • $7.1 million from the regionalization and efficiencies reserve, which will shelve most, if not all, of the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program;
    • $3.86 million from the Special Education Circuit Breaker program, a 1.5% cut;
    • $2.88 million from the Chapter 70 “Pothole” account, an 85% cut;
    • $2.24 million from vocational school transportation, a 100% cut;
    • $1.3 million from public school military mitigation grants, a 100% cut;
    • $1.2 million from charter school reimbursements, a 1.5% cut in a program that is already underfunded by $33 million;
    • $1.1 million from sewer rate relief funding, a 100% cut;
    • $1 million from extended learning time grants, a 6.8% cut;
    • $359 thousand from kindergarten expansion grants, a 1.5% cut;
    • $287 thousand from METCO, a 1.5% cut; and
    • $283 thousand from library aid, a 1.5% cut.

Every city, town and school district will be hit with one or more of these cuts.  In most cases, the cuts will feel deeper because the reductions are being implemented five months into the fiscal year.

MMA on the proposed budget cuts

Gov. Patrick has proposed cuts to the current year spending in order to balance the state budget, which include about a 2% reduction in state aid to municipalities.  This is the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s response  –


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GOV. PATRICK IMPOSES SWEEPING MID-YEAR BUDGET CUTS, TARGETS LOCAL AID AND SCHOOL ACCOUNTS

  • Gov. Says State Must Close $329M Fiscal 2015 Budget Gap
    • Gov. Uses His Budget Powers to Slash Education & Municipal Accounts by $40M
    • Gov. Files Bill With Legislature to Cut Unrestricted Local Aid by $25.5M

Two days after the November 4th state election, in the waning days of his tenure, Governor Patrick disclosed a $329 million deficit in the state’s fiscal 2015 budget, a shortfall caused mostly by state budget administrative and management issues, and not by declining tax revenues. Earlier today, the Governor released his plan to close the budget gap by slashing state and local funding by $65 million mid-year. He announced that he is using his budget powers to implement approximately $200 million in immediate cuts to state-funded programs in executive agencies under his control, including $40.3 million in cuts to important municipal and school reimbursement and grant programs.

In addition to the $40.3 million in immediate cuts, the Governor has proposed legislation to slash $25.5 million from Unrestricted General Government Aid, a measure which must be approved by the Legislature to take effect. This would translate into a 2.7 percent cut in UGGA funding for every city and town. His plan relies exclusively on budget cuts and does not draw on the state’s $1.2 billion rainy day fund.

While the Administration has said they are not proposing any cuts to Chapter 70 school aid, the reality is clear: the unilateral budget cuts will impose serious mid-year reductions in many important K-12 education accounts, and will be harmful to schools. In addition, his proposal to cut Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) would further hit local schools, because cities and towns use their municipal aid to fund local education budgets.

Click here to link to the A&F website that contains the list of emergency budget cuts: http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/state-budget/fy15-budget-info/fy15-budget-cut-information/

The MMA has issued a statement opposing the Governor’s cuts to cities, towns and school districts, and is calling on the Legislature to reject his proposal to slash UGGA funding.

A copy of the MMA’s statement can be downloaded by clicking here.

A copy of the MMA’s letter to the Legislature can be downloaded by clicking here.

GOVERNOR IMPLEMENTS $40.3 MILLION IN IMMEDIATE MID-YEAR CUTS TO KEY SCHOOL AND MUNICIPAL PROGRAMS

Using his statutory authority to reduce executive branch spending, the Governor has unilaterally reduced funding for state budget accounts under his control by approximately $200 million, including $40.3 million in painful mid-year cuts to accounts that provide direct funding to cities, towns and school districts. The MMA has identified the local government accounts impacted the most, listed in order of size:

  • $18.7 million from Regional School Transportation (a 27% cut)
    • $7.1 million from the Regionalization and Efficiencies Reserve (a 49% cut)
    • $3.86 million from Special Education Reimbursements (a 15% cut)
    • $2.88 million from the Chapter 70 “Pothole” account (an 85% cut)
    • $2.24 million from Vocational School Transportation (a 100% cut)
    • $1.3 million from Public School Military Mitigation Grants (a 100% cut)
    • $1.2 million from Charter School Reimbursements (a 1.5% cut)
    • $1.1 million from Sewer Rate Relief (a 100% cut)
    • $1 million from Extended Learning Time Grants (a 6.8% cut)
    • $359 thousand from Kindergarten Expansion Grants (a 1.5% cut)
    • $287 thousand from METCO (a 1.5% cut)
    • $283 thousand from Library Aid (a 1.5% cut)

Every city, town and school district will be hit with one or more of these cuts. In most cases, the cuts will feel much deeper because the reductions are being implemented five months into the fiscal year. For example, with only seven months left in fiscal year 2015, a 10% cut in an account will translate into a 17% cut from now to the end of the year, and a 50% cut in a program will translate into an 85% reduction in remaining reimbursements due to cities and towns.

PLEASE ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE THE GOVERNOR’S LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE A $25.5 MILLION MID-YEAR CUT TO UNRESTRICTED GENERAL GOVERNMENT AID

In a move that surprised the Legislature and local officials, the Governor has also filed legislation requesting $25.5 million or 2.7% cut in Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) for every city and town. The MMA will strongly oppose any cut to unrestricted municipal aid, because that would destabilize local budgets in the middle of the fiscal year, and force reductions in community services. Unrestricted municipal aid is already $400 million below original fiscal 2009 levels, and any additional cuts will be painful for cities and towns across the state.

Please call your legislators today and explain that cities and towns should not be hit with mid-year cuts, especially since the shortfall is in no way related to local government or the overall performance of the economy, and is primarily due to state spending decisions and the administration of state government. At this point in the year, cuts in municipal or school funding accounts would be extremely painful at the local level.

PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS TODAY AND ASK THEM TO OPPOSE THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED $25.5 MILLION MID-YEAR CUT TO UNRESTRICTED MUNICIPAL AID

 

$325 m. state budget gap per MMA

This from the Massachusetts Municipal Association –


Thursday, November 13, 2014

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE REVEALS $325M STATE BUDGET DEFICIT IN FY 2015

• Gov. Patrick Plans to Announce $325M in Budget Cuts Next Week
• Municipal and Education Accounts Could be Targeted for Mid-Year Cuts

$325M State Budget Shortfall Announced – Last week, Gov. Patrick’s Secretary for Administration & Finance announced that the state is facing a $325 million shortfall in its fiscal 2015 budget, and said that the Administration would be unveiling plans to close the budget gap at some point during the week of November 17th.  He said that the plan would not draw from the state’s $1.2 billion stabilization fund, but instead would rely exclusively on mid-year spending cuts.

          The MMA has Called on the Patrick Administration to Avoid any Mid-Year Cuts Targeted at Cities and Towns – In a face-to-face meeting with A&F Secretary Glen Shor and top Administration officials at the November 12 meeting of the Local Government Advisory Commission meeting, the MMA and local leaders presented a strong case that cities and towns should not be hit with mid-year cuts, especially since the shortfall is in no way related to local government or the overall performance of the economy, and is primarily due to state spending decisions and the administration of state government.  At this point in the year, cuts in municipal or school funding accounts would be extremely painful at the local level.  However, Administration officials responded that they appreciated the “input,” but did not take local funding off the table.

State Budget Gap Caused by Shortfall in “Non-Tax” Revenues, Spending in the New Economic Development Act, and a Cut in the Income Tax Rate –A&F Secretary Glen Shor stated that the $325 million shortfall is caused by several factors.  First, although state tax revenues are still expected to meet expected levels, the state income tax rate will be automatically reduced from 5.2 percent to 5.15 percent, effective on January 1, a cut that will be triggered by existing law.  This will reduce the state’s fiscal 2015 tax revenues by $70 million.  Second, lawmakers and the Governor approved an $80 million economic development bill late last summer, and state revenues are not growing fast enough to offset the cost.  Finally, and most importantly, the Patrick Administration is now reporting a $175 million shortfall in non-tax revenues and agency fees.  While the Administration is providing no specific explanation of the non-tax shortfall, independent budget analysts expect that a significant cause is the breakdown in the state’s health insurance exchange website, which forced state officials to enroll thousands of residents in temporary Medicaid plans, for which the state will not receive full federal reimbursement.

          Governor Can Impose Mid-Year Cuts on Spending in State Agencies Under His Control, and Ask Legislature for Authority to Cut Local Aid, the Judiciary and Others – Facing a $325 million budget shortfall, the Governor has the authority to unilaterally cut spending in executive branch agencies under his control.  In addition, the Governor can ask the Legislature to grant him expanded budget-cutting authority over other accounts outside of the executive branch, such as Unrestricted General Government Aid, Chapter 70 school aid, constitutional officers, the judiciary and independent agencies, a step he has taken in the past.  With the Legislature in informal session and only able to pass items with unanimous consent, it is unlikely that legislators would grant Gov. Patrick expanded budget reduction powers targeting local aid, but if that is one of the Governor’s proposals, local officials will need to contact their Representatives and Senators immediately.

          Important Municipal and School Aid Accounts May be Targeted for Mid-Year Cuts – The last time Gov. Patrick faced a mid-year budget deficit was in December 2013, when state was projecting a $540 million deficit.  The Governor used his budget powers to impose $28.75 million in mid-year cuts to important municipal and school aid accounts, which left cities and towns reeling from unexpected revenue losses.  In 2013, the mid-year reductions included a 5% cut to the Special Education Circuit Breaker program, a 47% cut to the McKinney-Vento homeless student transportation account, a 70% cut to the Chapter 70 pothole account, a 3% cut in Veterans’ Benefits reimbursements, a 1% cut in regional school transportation funding, a 1.4% cut to charter school reimbursements, and other important accounts.  In addition, the Governor asked the Legislature to cut $9 million from Unrestricted General Government Aid, a request that lawmakers rejected.

          PLEASE ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE ANY PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE MID-YEAR CUTS TO UNRESTRICTED GENERAL GOVERNMENT AID OR CHAPTER 70 EDUCATION AID – The MMA will strongly oppose any cut to unrestricted municipal aid or Chapter 70, because that would destabilize local budgets in the middle of the fiscal year, and force reductions in community services.  Unrestricted municipal aid has already nearly $400 million below original fiscal 2009 levels, and any additional cuts would be painful for cities and towns across the state.  In addition, please tell your legislators that you are very worried about potential cuts to important municipal and school accounts in the state budget, including the Special Education Circuit Breaker, McKinney-Vento funding, charter school and regional school transportation accounts, and other programs.

Please Call Your Representatives and Senators Today and Ask Them to Oppose Any Proposals to Cut Municipal or Education Aid, and Share Your Concerns About the Impact of Mid-Year Cuts to Local Programs and Services

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MMA on needed steps

The Massachusetts Municipal Association‘s alert today tries to focus candidates for office on the broken elements in the state and municipality relationship.  Having watched and lived the problems for fourteen years now as a selectman, I agree that all of the ten issues are deserving of repair.


September 11, 2014

MMA ISSUES 10 PARTNERSHIP POLICIES TO BUILD A STRONGER COMMONWEALTH

MMA Urges All Candidates for Governor and the Legislature to Support These Important Policies to Ensure a Powerful and Productive State-Local Partnership

Please Encourage All Candidates Seeking Office to Embrace These 10 Partnership Policies to Invest In and Support Local Government

Local leaders across Massachusetts are committed to working very closely with the Commonwealth’s next Governor and all incoming legislators to deepen and strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and state government, because a powerful state-local partnership is absolutely essential in order for Massachusetts to achieve lasting social and economic progress and prosperity for our communities and residents.

On behalf of the cities and towns of Massachusetts, the MMA has issued 10 Partnership Policies to Build a Stronger Commonwealth, and is asking all of the candidates for Governor and the Legislature to publicly embrace this powerful agenda. These policies cover a wide range of vital issues, reflecting the extraordinary breadth of shared responsibilities that are held by state and local leaders.

The MMA’s 10 Partnership Policies are explained in a special 12-page publication that was posted on the MMA website and mailed to local officials, legislators and the candidates for Governor earlier today. You can download a copy of the MMA’s 10 Partnership Policies to Build a Stronger Commonwealth by clicking here.

Taken together, these 10 Partnership Policies will rebuild a strong and lasting state-local financial relationship, invest in communities for economic development and progress, ensure effective and sustainable government administration, and create a working state-local partnership for the future.

THE 10 PARTNERSHIP POLICIES TO BUILD A STRONGER COMMONWEALTH ARE:

1 – RESTORE REVENUE SHARING. We must build a new and enduring state-local fiscal partnership that shares future state tax revenue growth with cities and towns in order to fund local government services and reduce our overreliance on the property tax.

2 – FIX THE SCHOOL FINANCE LAW. We must update and modernize the Chapter 70 school finance law to ensure that all students have access to high-quality and adequately funded public education programs, and state and local governments share fairly in the cost.

3 – FUND KEY PROGRAMS AND OBLIGATIONS. The state must meet its commitments and obligations to fund essential aid accounts for targeted municipal and school programs, including full funding of all state mandates.

4 – SUPPORT FAIRNESS IN LOCAL TAXATION. We should reform and improve the cumbersome state-local system of property exemptions, abatements and tax relief to ensure that needy taxpayers are protected from an excessive property tax burden, and to provide that local property tax exemptions are only granted where truly warranted.

5 – OPPOSE UNFUNDED MANDATES. State government must fully fund all mandated programs, laws and regulations, and must commit to a process that reviews and identifies the cost of all proposed mandates and regulatory changes prior to their enactment.

6 – INVEST IN ESSENTIAL PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. State government needs to increase its investment in the “bricks and mortar” underpinnings of our public infrastructure at the local and state level to ensure that we can sustain and expand a modern economy and vibrant communities.

7 – INVEST IN ESSENTIAL PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY. State government needs to invest in public technology at the local and state level to ensure that Massachusetts will be competitive in the modern global economy.

8 – EMPOWER CITIZEN-DRIVEN PLANNING AND ZONING. State government should carefully update the state’s Zoning Act and related laws to provide cities and towns with new authority and flexibility to guide residential and business land use decisions toward local and state goals.

9 – ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE. State government should recognize that the archaic personnel management and benefit system in Massachusetts imposes burdens on municipal budgets, makes it difficult to attract and retain qualified employees, and is in need of “stem to stern” modernization.

10 – COMMIT TO CONSTANT COMMUNICATION AND DIRECT DIALOGUE. Municipal leaders ask the Governor and Lt. Governor to both attend and actively participate in the Local Government Advisory Commission.

A strong and enduring partnership between cities and towns and state government is essential to a healthy and expanding economy and to the ability of local government to provide world-class education and municipal services, ensure safe streets and neighborhoods, and maintain local roads and vital infrastructure. This partnership is fundamental to our state’s economic success and competitiveness, which is why the MMA is offering these 10 Partnership Policies.

By Working Together, Local and State Leaders Can Build a Strong and Prosperous Future for Massachusetts

Please Encourage All Candidates and Community Residents to Embrace These 10 Partnership Policies to Invest In and Support Local Government