02/20/2014 - MMA's 2014 Strategic & Business Plan
MMA has released its 2014 Strategic & Business Plan. Read More..
02/06/2014 - Thomas College Job Fair
Thomas College will hold a job fair at its Waterville campus on March 12 that will be an opportunity for students and municipal employers to meet one another. Read More..
01/28/2014 - Newspapers Back Revenue Sharing
Maine’s two largest daily newspapers – the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News – published editorials last week strongly condemning what the Legislature has done to the 42-year-old municipal revenue-sharing program since 2009. Read More..
01/24/2014 - Authentic Revenue-Sharing Testimony
Today's Legislative Bulletin from Maine Municipal Association does an excellent job on two fronts: Showing the significant impact that state revenue-sharing reductions have on cities, towns and local property taxpayers; and, providing authentic, heartfelt testimony from municipal officials across the state. Read More..
01/24/2014 - Firefighter Fitness
The Maine Fire Service Institute will hold an informational session about fitness and physical ability testing in Brunswick on April 24 at 10 a.m. Read More..
01/15/2014 - Detailing Revenue Sharing Destruction
The Maine Legislature may slash state revenue sharing to roughly one-eighth of what state law requires. Right now, the 1972 law requiring the state to share 5 percent of sales and income tax money with municipalities means that $138 million should be distributed this year. But, the state’s keeping well over half of that, distributing just $65 million this year. In order to “balance” the 2015 budge... Read More..
01/13/2014 - Crucial Revenue-Sharing Hearing Jan. 22
A public hearing on a bill that will maintain the state’s revenue-sharing commitment to municipalities at its current level -- $65 million a year, while a 1972 law calls for more than $160 million a year – will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Augusta. Maine Municipal Association strongly encourages members to attend the hearing and give testimony. Read More..
01/08/2014 - Being “Stream Smart”
Maine Audubon Society is among many organizations hosting a “stream smart” Road Crossing Workshop on Feb. 10 in Falmouth. State and federal officials are among the presenters. There is a $35 registration fee for attendees. Read More..
01/06/2014 - Revenue-Sharing Devastation: What Happened?
There’s no secret elixir, though that seems lost on our leaders in Augusta. When you cut payments to municipalities by a devastating $80 million a year, as has happened with state revenue-sharing funds, and you keep adding mandates to towns, cities and public schools, two things happen: Non-mandated local services get cut, and property taxes grudgingly go up. Emily Shaw, assistant professor at Th... Read More..
01/02/2014 - Maine Municipal Executive Committee: New Officers
Michelle Beal, City Manager in Ellsworth, and Nicholas Mavodones, Jr., City Councilor in Portland, recently were appointed Vice President and Past President, respectively, of Maine Municipal Association’s 12-member Executive Committee. Read More..