The first segment of June 6th’s WCVB On The Record Sunday Roundtable with anchors Janet Wu and Ed Harding. Mary Anne Marsh and Rob Gray discuss the Baker, Mariano, and Spilka clash over spending authority for $5B in ARPA funds. On the one hand, Governor Charlie Baker states that there are no appropriation stipulations. However, House Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka think the state house needs to be involved. In the light of pandemic response criticism, can Baker be trusted with the money?
Then, Acting Mayor Kim Janey is still battling Dennis White over White’s position as Boston Police Commissioner. Last week’s OTR discussed a Boston Globe report that White has a history of domestic violence. Furthermore, White claims that former Mayor Marty Walsh knew the whole time, something that Walsh himself has denied. How crucial will this issue be for Janey in the Mayoral race? Also, can this issue ever leave the public perception of Marty Walsh?
Next, the Holyoke Soldier’s Home COVID-19 Outbreak. A state employee’s union is blaming Governor Baker for the entire tragedy through a new series of digital ads. How important will this issue be for the 2022 Gubernatorial race?
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