Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed an executive order Thursday aiming for a quarter of city spending on contracts to go to women- and minority-owned businesses, he said at a news conference. The order comes after a study of the disparities in city spending, released this month, found that a very small portion of city contracts have gone to minority-owned businesses….
Aiming to promote equal opportunity and access for diverse companies in state contracting, the Baker administration proposed on Monday setting up the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office as a separate state agency. The bill would give the office, which is now part of the Operational Services Division, tools to ensure compliance with diversity goals, including a state spending audit function. “Our…