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Next Boston mayor must curb the urge to spend

It can be fun being mayor when the economy is on an upswing; it’s less a pleasure when recessions hit. Spending makes everyone happy. Trimming back does not. Judging by the raft of new ideas the 12 candidates to succeed Boston Mayor Tom Menino are advancing, they’re looking to have fun. But the next mayor shouldn’t enjoy himself or herself too much. It’s a good guess that sometime during the second term, things will turn sour — and that’s when the party ends and the painful hangover can begin.

The candidates have promises aplenty. Felix Arroyo wants more cops patrolling city parks. John Barros would boost spending on the arts. Dan Conley thinks teachers need more professional development. John Connolly urges increasing the length of the school day. Rob Consalvo says he’ll hire 200 more cops. Charlotte Golar Richie looks to rebuild infrastructure to better withstand global climate change. Mike Ross hopes for universal pre-school. Marty Walsh plans “little city halls” in Boston’s neighborhoods.

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