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Tom Menino Aides Cash Out

Boston Herald – On his way out the door, former Mayor Thomas M. Menino stuck taxpayers with a tab of more than a quarter-million dollars for vacation and sick time payouts to his inner circle, including nearly $50,000 to his top aide Michael Kineavy, according to payroll data obtained by the Herald. At least 10  Full Article…

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Nearly 9,000 State Workers Earned at Least $100,000

Globe – About 8,850 state employees earned more than $100,000 last year, a significant jump from 2012, when nearly 7,700 state workers cracked that mark, according to a Globe analysis of public payroll records. The University of Massachusetts, as in past years, dominated the list of highest paid employees, with 68 of 69 top spots  Full Article…

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Massachusetts Online Unemployment Help Still Ponderous

PITTSFIELD — Last week, winding up his tenure as interim executive director of BerkshireWorks, John Barrett III was on the front lines at the career center, helping unemployment-benefits seekers navigate the still problem-plagued state website, UI Online, and TeleCert, the automated phone system for filing and updating claims. This week, Barrett, 66, is preparing to  Full Article…

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Seven months later, $46m Deloitte system has more than 100 defects

Globe – More than seven months after its rollout, the $46 million computer system for managing unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of jobless workers still has more than 100 defects, representatives of the consulting firm that built the system told a Senate panel Tuesday. Officials of Deloitte Consulting said 11 defects surfaced when the  Full Article…

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