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After Chelsea housing scandal, Mass. caps pay for directors

Action follows scandal over pay in Chelsea

Two months after being embarrassed by disclosures that the Chelsea Housing Authority executive director was receiving $360,000 in annual pay, the state agency that oversees hundreds of housing authorities statewide is imposing a salary cap that would allow pay no higher than $160,000.

The salary cap is the centerpiece of a package of steps to be carried out by the administration of Governor Deval Patrick following the resignation of Chelsea housing director Michael E. McLaughlin, who had deliberately concealed his salary, believed to be the highest of any public housing official in the nation.

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