Michigan Township Association
MTA provides a unified voice for Michigan townships on both the state and federal levels. The Association influences legislation, policy and regulations by representing townships before the Legislature, the executive office and state agencies. Each day, MTA advocates for local authority that the broadest spectrum of township officials need to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life for half of all Michigan residents. Our Government Relations staff appears before legislative standing and special committees and represents townships on numerous statewide task forces.
Friends of MTA mission statement: Formed in 1982, Friends of MTA exists to assist in the nomination and/or election of candidates who are responsive to local government issues and concerns. Specifically, it is the mission of the Friends of MTA to strengthen our legislative influence by supporting electable candidates that are supportive of township government and who support the majority of issues contained in the MTA Policy Platform. What is Friends of MTA? Established in 1982, Friends of MTA is an important resource that allows MTA to assist township-friendly candidates running for the Legislature. Friends of MTA only contributes to candidates running for the state House and Senate and not other state, federal, judicial or local candidates. Why contribute to Friends of MTA? Your contribution to Friends of MTA provides the financial resources that are necessary to help elect legislative candidates who will fight for township government. How do I become a Friend of MTA? Donating to Friends of MTA is an individual decision, not a township decision. Financial contributions of any amount are valued and appreciated. Township officials' contributions are recognized in the Michigan Township Focus and at the MTA Annual Conference & Expo at four different levels:
Legislators listen to their constituents—and your voice as a local official matters. No one can tell your township's story—and the impact legislation will have on your community—better than you. Establishing connections with your state leaders can have a tremendous impact on the political process, and the laws that shape our state.
The MTA Legal Defense Fund defends Michigan townships against litigated threats to their authority and fiscal stability. A critical member service, the LDF protects against a court cases with the potential to have significant impact on the operations and authority of townships across Michigan.
This full-day educational and networking event provides you the opportunity to learn the latest on legislative issues impacting townships, as well as interact with legislators and network with fellow township officials.