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MMA on the Senate budget

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) with respect to the Senate taking up the state budget next week. 0

The Senate has already announced some increases in the budget as was proposed by the Governor and House. I especially hope that the legislature votes to continue remote municipal meetings, at least through 2023, and to eventually make them permanent.

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Senate to Begin FY23 State Budget Debate on Tuesday, 5/24  

Lawmakers Will Decide All Municipal and School Amendments Next Week  

Please Thank your Senators for Increases to UGGA, Charter School Mitigation Payments, PILOT, and Other Key Priorities and Ask for Their Support to Build on Impressive Investments  

May 19, 2022  

Dear Osler,  

On Tuesday, May 24, the Senate is scheduled to start debating its version of the fiscal 2023 state budget (S. 4). During their deliberations, Senate members will consider more than 1,100 amendments, including many issues important to municipalities and school districts. Debate is expected to conclude by the end of next week.   It is critically important that you connect with your Senators as soon as possible and ask them to support and co-sponsor key budget amendments to support municipalities.  

When you talk with your legislators, please thank them for the many strong investments in the Senate Ways & Means budget, including doubling the increase in Unrestricted General Government Aid, doubling Chapter 70 minimum aid to $60 per student, fully funding the Student Opportunity Act, accelerating funding to fully implement the Student Opportunity Act’s charter school reimbursements a full year ahead of schedule, and increasing PILOT payments by 29%.  

The MMA has sent a detailed letter to all Senators, advocating on all major local government amendments.  

Please click here to download MMA’s letter as a PDF  

A copy of the Senate Ways & Means budget (S. 4) and all proposed amendments can be found on the Legislature’s website:  

https://malegislature.gov/Budget/SenateDebate  

Please review the MMA’s Senate budget letter and call your Senators as soon as possible to let them know how these amendments would impact your community. This is the best time to influence their support for the issues and amendments that matter most. Please thank them for their important investments and encourage support for amendments that would further aid municipalities.  

This is a quick reference to some of the many amendments highlighted in the MMA’s letter to all Senate members:  

Regional School Transportation 100% Reimbursement (Amendment #647) – Please ask your Senators to support an increase to the Regional School Transportation account (7035-0006), which is critical to rural and smaller communities. Amendment #647, would fund 100% of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s fiscal 2023 projected claims, at $97 million.  

Remote Meeting Extensions (Amendment #1114) – Please ask your Senators to support Amendment #1114, to extend provisions allowing for remote participation in open public meetings, as well as remote notarization, and remote town meetings, among others, from July 15, 2022, to December 15, 2023. Massachusetts is in the middle of another rise in COVID transmissions, and extending the option for remote meetings will provide resiliency for government operations during a time of ongoing uncertainty and public health concern. This is a highly time-sensitive measure, and it makes perfect sense to include it in legislation that will get to the Governor’s Desk before the current extension expires on July 15.  

Rural School Aid and Regionalization Grant Program (Amendments #743, #704) – Please ask your Senators to support funding the Rural School Aid account (7010-0005) at $20 million, providing rural school assistance grants, with priority given to proposals that support schools and districts that have experienced significant enrollment losses, and Amendment #704, which provides $500,000 for school district regionalization grants to regional school districts, or school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services.  

Early Voting Reimbursement (Amendment #127) – Please ask your Senators to support an appropriation to reimburse municipalities for the costs of implementing early voting for state elections. Amendment #127 includes a $6 million appropriation to fund this state mandate.  

Local Opt-In for Permanent Outdoor Dining (Amendments #332) – Please ask your Senators to support this amendment to give municipalities the option to permanently extend outdoor dining options. Amendment #332 would allow restaurants to apply for local approval to expand outdoor table service.  

Chapter 70 Minimum Aid (Amendments #630, 631) – The MMA deeply appreciates the Senate Ways & Means proposal to double per-pupil minimum aid to $60 per student. This was real progress for the 135 districts that are minimum-aid-only. As you know, the MMA has consistently advocated for $100 per-pupil minimum aid, and thus we certainly support consideration of Amendments #630 and #631, which would increase Chapter 70 minimum aid to $75 per pupil and $100 per pupil, respectively. Please talk to your Senators about minimum aid.  

Community Preservation Act Surplus Funding (Amendment #834) – Please ask your Senators to support Amendment #834, which directs the Comptroller to transfer $20 million to the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund prior to sending the net surplus for fiscal 2022 to the Commonwealth’s stabilization fund. The number of CPA communities has reached 187, and this amendment would increase the state’s match from approximately 35% to 43%, about the same state match percentage as last year.  

Flexibility in Municipal Broadband Spending (Amendment #856) – Please ask your Senators to support Amendment #856, which would allow funds appropriated for closing the digital divide to be granted to municipalities seeking relief from debt incurred for the construction of broadband networks. These communities were forced to step in when the private carriers ignored their regions and left their households and businesses behind in the broadband buildout, adding costly burdens on local taxpayers.  

Shannon Grants (Amendments #942, #951) – Please ask your Senators to support Amendment #942 and Amendment #951, to increase funding for the Shannon Grant program (8100-0111). This anti-gang grant program helps cities and towns respond to and suppress gang-related activities.  

Finally, the MMA has very strong concerns regarding Amendment #810, relative to retiree cost-of-living-adjustments, or COLAs. The amendment would authorize local and regional pension boards to award a COLA adjustment of up to 5.9% to retirees in fiscal 2023, above the current 3% cap. This would very likely increase the local unfunded pension liability, and drive up costs for taxpayers. Most communities in the state participate in regional pension systems, and do not have direct decision-making authority regarding adoption of a higher COLA, and we are aware of no system that has incorporated higher COLAs into their unfunded pension liability calculations. Adoption of a higher COLA, even if limited to one year, would permanently increase the pension obligations for all participating communities, requiring increased annual appropriations to fund the cost. Please reach out to your Senators to share what the financial impact would be to your municipality.  

If you have any questions regarding any of these amendments, please contact MMA Legislative Director Dave Koffman at dkoffman@mma.org or MMA Senior Legislative Analyst Jackie Lavender Bird at jlavenderbird@mma.org.  

Please Call Your Senators Today to Thank Them for the Municipal and School Funding in the Senator Ways & Means Budget, and Ask Them to Build on This Progress by Supporting Key Amendments for Cities and Towns.  

Thank You!!    
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MMA on the state budget – more should be due towns

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association this afternoon –

Please Urge Your Legislators to Support Key Local Government Priorities for Fiscal Year 2023  

Please Call Your Representatives and Senators Today and Ask Them To:  

• Increase UGGA by 7.3%, not 2.7%
• Increase Chapter 70 Aid Minimum Aid to $100/student
• Fully Fund School Transportation Accounts
• Fully Fund PILOT
• Pass a Multi-year $300M Chapter 90 Bond Bill  

Increase Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) by 7.3%

Please ask your legislators to provide a strong commitment to revenue sharing by increasing Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) by 7.3%, or $85.3 million, to bring the account up to $1.253 billion in FY23. State tax collections in FY23 are projected to grow by 7.3% above the revenue base that was used in the FY22 budget that the Legislature adopted last July. The budget filed by the Governor (House 2) only offers a far-too-low 2.7% increase, and does not reflect full revenue sharing.   Between FY15 and FY20, the state’s revenue-sharing calculation worked well, providing adequate and dependable increases for UGGA that kept pace with state revenue growth – UGGA and state revenues each increased by 19% over these years. But during the past two years, the state’s revenue forecasts have been far lower than actual collections, and this threatens to leave cities and towns behind. State tax revenues have grown by 22% in FY21 and 22, but UGGA has only increased by 3.5%.   By tying UGGA increases to the growth from the FY22 enacted budget to January’s FY23 revenue forecast, this adjustment could be made and the UGGA account would increase by a total of $85.3 million. This would more adequately reflect the last two years of unprecedented state revenue growth, while acknowledging that future year tax revenues may return to more modest growth patterns.   UGGA provides essential funding for municipalities, allowing communities to deliver core services to residents and businesses, while mitigating further overreliance on the property tax. As you know, discretionary local aid suffered disproportionately large cuts during the Great Recession, and is still nearly $150 million below fiscal 2008 levels, without adjusting for inflation.

For FY23, the MMA requests an 7.3% increase in UGGA funding levels, to a new total of $1.253 billion.  

Click Here to See the Impact that Adequately Funding UGGA with a 7.3% Increase Would Have on your City or Town  

Increase Chapter 70 minimum aid to $100 per student Please thank your legislators for their commitment to fund Chapter 70 School Aid and fulfill the promises made in the Student Opportunity Act. Because this reflects the implementation of the SOA’s foundation budget enhancements, the majority of the new funding in House 2 would go to expansion of the foundation budget, adding weight for low-income students, English Language Learners, special education costs, and school employee health benefits. Unfortunately, 135 of 318 operating districts (42%) would receive only the minimum $30 per-student increase in the Student Opportunity Act, providing Chapter 70 increases of 1% or less, far below inflation. These 135 districts would receive a total of $9.3 million in new aid, while the other districts would receive $475 million more.

Please ask your legislators to increase minimum aid to $100 per student to ensure that all districts can at least keep pace with inflation and maintain their school services.   Fully Fund School Transportation Accounts (various line items)

In mid-March, DESE will release the FY23 projected costs associated with school transportation. We know that the Governor’s budget would cut regional transportation reimbursements below FY22 levels and would significantly underfund out-of-district vocational transportation. Please ask the Legislature to use DESE’s projections when published, to fully fund these key accounts, as well as the McKinney-Vento account for transporting homeless students.

Please ask your legislators for full funding of all school transportation accounts.  

Fully Fund PILOT

MMA supports full funding of the Commonwealth’s obligations to the program for payments in lieu of taxes for state-owned land (PILOT). The House 2 proposal would level fund this account at $35 million. A report completed by the state auditor in December 2020 found that this account has not met the state’s obligation in 20 years, and that the funding for fiscal 2020 should have been $45 million.   This is a particularly important program for the cities and towns that host and provide municipal services to state facilities that are exempt from the local property tax, and we applaud the Legislature’s fiscal 2022 increase, which initiated a path to phasing-in full funding. Unfortunately, H. 2 would stall that progress.  

Please ask your legislators to make an important investment in the PILOT program and continue the commitment to full funding.

When discussing the details, please ask them to support the auditor’s recommendation to fully fund this account based on the aggregate tax method, and ask for a “hold harmless” provision to protect municipalities with reduced land values and PILOT reimbursements.  

Pass a Multi-year $300M Chapter 90 Bond Bill & Support Supplemental Funding

While separate from the annual budget process, Chapter 90 funding for local roads and bridges is a key priority for municipalities. Chapter 90 is a critical program for all cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and it needs both short- and long-term support. Chapter 90 allocations have been generally flat at $200 million since fiscal 2012, and the purchasing power of that funding has been substantially diminished. Since fiscal 2012, the real value of Chapter 90 funding has dropped by at least 42% due to construction inflation.   The MMA estimates that the current Chapter 90 bond program ($200 million) is far short of the more than $600 million annual investment actually needed to maintain municipal roads. This figure was most recently calculated as of fall 2021, so the number today is likely even higher due to additional inflationary pressures and higher costs of supplies and materials.  

Please ask your legislators to pass a multi-year $300 million Chapter 90 bond bill by April 1, so municipalities can efficiently plan projects and take advantage of the construction season from the start. In addition, with a rapidly-growing need and many shovel-ready projects, we are requesting a separate, one-time $100 million supplemental appropriation, which was first proposed in the Governor’s FY22 supplemental budget.  

Click here to see MMA’s detailed testimony on key municipal budget priorities for FY23 Click here to see MMA’s detailed testimony on Chapter 90  

Please Contact Your Legislators Today!   Thank You Very Much!

MMA’s The Beacon

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

 
Hello Members!  

Here’s the March 2022 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest news affecting local government plus details about many upcoming MMA member group meetings, both remote and in-person.  

Here are a few highlights:
Local aid hearing set for March 15, UGGA remains top MMA priority
Gov. Baker files supplemental budget with funds for Ch. 90, winter road repair, MVP
MMA to hold 5 virtual Legislative Briefings in March
Recordings of 12 Muni Workshop Webinar sessions available on MMA websiteMMA continues advocacy for election reforms without unfunded mandates
Gov. Baker signs COVID bill with public meeting provisions
Administration announces plan for pandemic premium pay for low-income workers
Auditor Bump to speak at WEMO spring symposium April 2
White House releases details on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law   Link to the March 2022 issue of The Beacon (no login required)  

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)  

Best regards,  
John Ouellette Manager of Publications and Digital Communications  
Jennifer Kavanaugh Associate Editor  
Meredith Gabrilska Digital Communications Specialist
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State local aid to go up 2.7%

The Lt. Gov. was giving her last speech to the municipal leaders this morning at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting. She got emotionally choked up at the end as she said goodbye to us for the last time. Tomorrow we hear from Gov. Baker, Sen. Markey, and Sen. Warren. The MMA annual meeting went from being in person to virtual (and free) in about a week. Both Polito and Baker are former Select Board members, so they are especially liked.

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

  Breaking News from the MMA  


At MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Polito announces 2.7% local aid increase in FY23 budget proposal

Speaking to 500 local leaders from across the state this morning during the virtual MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that the fiscal 2023 state budget the administration plans to file next week proposes to increase Unrestricted General Government Aid by $35.1 million, or 2.7%.

The increase would match the consensus state revenue growth forecast announced last week, but the MMA is pointing out that the forecast fails to account for record-breaking tax collections in fiscal 2021 and so far in fiscal 2022. …

The Beacon – the MMA’s magazine

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

Hello Members!

Happy New Year! Here’s the January 2022 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest news affecting local government plus details about many upcoming MMA member group meetings, both remote and in-person.

https://www.mma.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/MMA-Beacon-January-2022.pdf

Here are a few highlights:

• MMA Annual Meeting is around the corner

• Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito to speak at Annual Meeting

• Budget outlook for FY23 is a balance of strong revenue and uncertainty

• Legislature, MMA see several priorities for 2nd year of session

• In letter to Treasury, congressional delegation calls for changes in ARPA rules

• DHCD releases draft multifamily zoning guidelines for MBTA communities

• Gov. Baker updates mask advisory, announces hospital support

• MMA to present fiscal policy resolution at business meeting

• Link to the January 2022 issue of The Beacon (no login required)

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)

Best regards,

John Ouellette

Manager of Publications and Digital Communications

Jennifer Kavanaugh

Associate Editor

Meredith Gabrilska

Digital Communications Specialist

MMA’s The Beacon

 
Hello Members!  

Here’s the November 2021 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest news affecting local government plus details about many upcoming MMA member group meetings, both remote and in-person.  

Here are a few highlights:

House passes $3.82B spending plan for ARPA and state surplus

Anthony Everett to be Annual Meeting’s Friday night speaker

Plans in place for in-person MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Talks continue on 2 major infrastructure bills before Congress

New law changes redistricting sequence, Legislature enacts new maps

State’s new Solid Waste Master Plan emphasizes waste reduction

MassDEP drafts regulations for public notification of sewage overflows into waterways

MassCyberCenter releases free online training for cities and towns

EPA announces national strategy to confront PFAS pollution

Senate passes comprehensive election reform bill

Plus the latest updates about fall member group meetings!  

Link to the November 2021 issue of The Beacon (no login required)  

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)   Best regards,   John Ouellette Manager of Publications and Digital Communications   Jennifer Kavanaugh Associate Editor   Meredith Gabrilska Digital Communications Specialist
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The Beacon – September 2021

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

https://www.mma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/MMA-Beacon-September-2021.pdf

Hello Members!  

Here’s the September 2021 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest news affecting local government plus details about many upcoming MMA member group meetings — both remote and in-person.  

Here are a few highlights:
Governor proposes year-end supplemental budget
How to spend ARPA funds with an equity lens
Census data show differing trends for cities and suburbs, while concerns remain about data quality
State agencies to update environmental justice protocols
Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit set for Oct. 7
Report highlights leading clean energy communities
MassDOT releases new Chapter 90 informational resources
Mass. communities join Cities Race to Zero climate campaign

Plus, a very important update about the 2022 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show  

Link to the September 2021 issue of The Beacon (no login required)  

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)  

Best regards,   John Ouellette Manager of Publications and Digital Communications   Jennifer Kavanaugh Associate Editor   Meredith Gabrilska Digital Communications Coordinator

MMA’s weekly update

Emailed from the Massachusetts Municipal Association this morning –

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MMA Website Weekly Review
A digest of all the latest updates we’ve posted this week on MMA.org


   
State officials explain ARPA reporting requirements for metropolitan cities
On Aug. 11
The MMA today hosted a Zoom webinar, featuring officials from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, presenting information regarding the American Rescue Plan Act’s reporting requirements for Metropolitan Cities. …  
DPH launches new online Environmental Justice Tool
On Aug. 12
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Environmental Health announced the launch of its new online Environmental Justice (EJ) Tool in late July. …  

Registration opens for DLS’s “What’s New in Municipal Law” seminar
On Aug. 9
The Division of Local Services will offer its annual “What’s New in Municipal Law” seminar for local officials on Sept. 23 at The Lantana in Randolph and on Sept. 30 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. …


 

Lunenburg, Sudbury and Wellesley police take part in empathy training program
On Aug. 9
After a chance conversation between a police chief and a community member, several police departments across the state are participating in a new empathy training program adapted from a program for medical professionals. …  


Newton restricts zoning for firearms businesses
On Aug. 9
The city of Newton last month adopted zoning changes that limit locations and restrict operations for firearms businesses that want to open within city limits. …    



In Case You Missed It  



MMA relaunches MassTown Careers campaign to promote municipal jobs
As we emerge from the pandemic and many people are reassessing their career paths, the MMA is relaunching its MassTown Careers campaign, an initiative aimed at attracting a new generation of workers to rewarding careers in the state’s 351 cities and towns. …  

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Every day across the Commonwealth, municipal leaders are figuring out ways to deliver services more efficiently, save taxpayers money, engage more citizens in the vital work of local government, or generally improve the effectiveness of the layer of government that has the most direct impact on people’s lives. …    


ARPA, CARES and FEMA  





Federal Funds Resource Area
The MMA has gathered a wide range of resources related to the three key federal pandemic-related funding streams: ARPA, CARES and FEMA. This page will be continuously updated with all the resources local government needs to make use of these funding streams.    


New in COVID-19 Guidance Memorandum: ARPA Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund – County Reallocations

Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations by Municipality (updated to include county reallocations)

Federal Funds Resource page

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report

See our entire COVID-19 resource center    



Upcoming MMA Events

Management Association summer meeting – August 19

Councillors’ Association webinar – September 9

Select Board Association webinar – September 10

Management Association meeting – September 17

MMHR Fall Conference – September 23

View our entire event calendar    


New this week in Municipal Job Listings

We’ve added 65 new listings to our municipal job board this week, including openings for Payroll Manager, Director of Public Works, Recruitment Manager, ARPA Director, Deputy Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Staff Librarian and Planner. View these listings, and more, on our job board.

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MMA Weekly Review

The email below is from the Massachusetts Municipal Association (NB – its graphics mainly did not copy -click to view in browser for those).

I attended the Massachusetts Select Board Association’s program on July 28, and afterwards suggested to our Town Administrators that Medfield should buy some of the featured Owl meeting cameras, given how impressive they are at broadcasting meetings: 360 degree view, tracks speakers when moving, and contains a contemporaneous transcript (for the hard of hearing and to solve poor quality audio).

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MMA Website Weekly Review
A digest of all the latest updates we’ve posted this week on MMA.org

 Gov. signs law extending voting provisions through Dec. 15
On July 29
Gov. Charlie Baker today signed a $261.6 million supplemental budget for fiscal 2021 that includes provisions to extend early voting through Dec. 15, 2021. …MMA relaunches MassTown Careers campaign to promote municipal jobs
On July 25
As we emerge from the pandemic and many people are reassessing their career paths, the MMA is relaunching its MassTown Careers campaign, an initiative aimed at attracting a new generation of workers to rewarding careers in the state’s 351 cities and towns. …Select board group discusses the future of public meetings
On July 28
The future of public meetings was the topic of the fourth and final webinar in the Massachusetts Select Board Association’s Leadership Conference series today. …MMA HSC discusses ARPA funding for human services
On July 29
The MMA Human Services Council’s Annual Business Meeting on July 29 featured a discussion about American Rescue Plan Act funding for human services. …Management Association awards 4 Galkowski scholarships
On July 25
The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association in June awarded scholarships from the Nancy Galkowski Legacy Fund to four local officials. …Maintaining HVAC systems will reduce health, equipment risks
On July 28
As students return to classrooms and employees return to their offices, it’s vital that communities make sure their HVAC systems are operating efficiently and effectively. Doing so will reduce the risk of equipment failure and provide a safer, healthier environment. …In Case You Missed ItLet us know about your local news
Every day across the Commonwealth, municipal leaders are figuring out ways to deliver services more efficiently, save taxpayers money, engage more citizens in the vital work of local government, or generally improve the effectiveness of the layer of government that has the most direct impact on people’s lives. …New in Advocacy

Lacking analysis of costs and implications, MMA urges Public Service Committee to reject COVID presumption and benefit extension bills
On July 27, Testimony

MMA outlines municipal priorities for state’s use of ARPA funds
On July 27, Testimony

MMA provides comments on MassDEP’s proposed regulatory changes under Water Management Act
On July 26, Testimony

MMA outlines municipal positions on a number of bills before the Revenue Committee
On July 22, Testimony

MMA urges House Committee on Federal Stimulus to support use of ARPA funds for key municipal priorities
On July 20, Testimony
 ARPA, CARES and FEMAFederal Funds Resource Area
The MMA has gathered a wide range of resources related to the three key federal pandemic-related funding streams: ARPA, CARES and FEMA. This page will be continuously updated with all the resources local government needs to make use of these funding streams.New in COVID-19 GuidanceWhen You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated – How to Protect Yourself and Others, updated July 27 (CDC)

COVID Data Tracker: COVID-19 Integrated County View (CDC)

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Vaccine Boosters, July 8 (CDC, FDA)

Federal Funds Resource page

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report

See our entire COVID-19 resource centerUpcoming MMA Events

Management Association summer meeting – August 19

Councillors’ Association webinar – September 9

Select Board Association webinar – September 10

Management Association meeting – September 17

MMHR Fall Conference – September 23

View our entire event calendarNew this week in Municipal Job Listings

We’ve added 65 new listings to our municipal job board this week, including openings for HR Director, Network Administrator, Planner, DPW Foreman, Tourism Marketing Manager, Assistant City Clerk, Public Space Planner, Project Engineer and Assistant Accountant. View these listings, and more, on our job board.
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COVID extension bill to Governor

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association this morning –

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Breaking News from the MMA

 

Legislature sends pandemic policy extension bill to governor

Late last night, the Legislature sent a compromise bill to the governor to extend certain special allowances that were tied to the COVID-19 state of emergency, which had expired nearly 24 hours earlier.

The Senate passed its version of the bill last Thursday, and the House approved its version yesterday afternoon. A six-member conference committee worked out differences between the two bills into the evening.

In the end, the committee decided to leave some items on the table for further discussion in order to fast-track the more time-sensitive provisions, like extending the allowance for public bodies to hold remote meetings, which ended at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

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