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Golden leaving with $200,000 separation agreement

BRIAN GOLDEN is leaving his job as director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency with a payout of more than $200,000, according to the separation agreement he signed. The agreement, which was signed last Thursday and obtained through a public records request, was not particularly large. Brenda Cassellius received well over $300,000 when she agreed […]

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Staffing companies help move economy forward

AMID A NATIONAL workforce shortage impacting nearly every industry, connecting people with employment opportunities is vital to keeping the economic recovery of the past year moving forward in the Bay State and across the country. Staffing companies, crucial to helping workers and businesses navigate the economic downturn, are critical partners to both groups in addressing […]

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State must crack down on labor brokers

MASSACHUSETTS CONSTRUCTION is once again taking off to pre-pandemic levels. This is great news for working families and for the economy, since responsible development — when conducted with proper labor protections — is a key producer of economic opportunity and of great, family-sustaining careers for residents of every neighborhood. Unfortunately, some construction industry companies continue […]

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In praise of downtowns, Main Streets

COMING FROM NEWTON  I should have known that Greater Boston has hundreds of wonderful little downtowns and village centers, the hearts of walkable neighborhoods. Newton itself has 13 villages. I grew up walking to downtown Newtonville for blue slush puppies and books at the branch library, now a senior center. In my 30s, I lived […]