THE BIG question hanging over Boston Mayor Martin Walsh when he took office in January concerned his ability — and willingness — to protect the public treasury. Walsh’s detractors envisioned him sweeping into office and padding the public payroll with cronies from the labor movement who had backed his successful campaign. But Walsh has shown himself to be a stand-up steward of public funds during his first 100 or so days in office.
One year after terrorists’ bombs shattered countless lives and stole the innocence of a revered sporting event, Boston is a changed city, a scrappier city, a more security-minded city and, some say, a more united city.
Boston Strong — embraced by the city and a gritty Red Sox team in its march to a stunning World Series win — gave the Hub a rallying cry. It’s a motto that Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said yesterday inspired a collective bond still alive today.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh is proposing a $2.7 billion budget that would boost city spending by 4.5 percent, an increase designed to keep pace with rising costs and pay for a handful of initiatives.
It represents the first fiscal plan for the new administration and includes $1 million for 100 more kindergarten slots for 4-year-olds, money for weekend hours at libraries, and resources to treat the lingering impact of urban violence at new trauma recovery units in neighborhood health centers.