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. He has filed a fiscally sound $2.7 billion operating budget, negotiated a decent contract with the firefighters, and hired an accomplished chief financial officer.
It’s an impressive start.