Bruce Mohl

Editor, CommonWealth

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Stories by Bruce Mohl

Wholesale electricity prices fell by third in 2015

Wholesale electricity prices fell by third in 2015

Decline driven by lower prices for natural gas

THE OPERATOR OF THE REGION’S POWER GRID said on Thursday that the wholesale price of electricity fell by more than a third in 2015, primarily because of lower prices for natural gas, the fuel used to produce nearly half of New England’s electricity. ISO New England said the average wholesale price for electricity in the(...)

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T parking data raises lots of questions

T parking data raises lots of questions

Shortsleeve shifts oversight in management shakeup

PARKING REVENUE at a number of major MBTA lots jumped dramatically in March and April after the transit authority began investigating receipt discrepancies. The numbers suggest the loss of parking revenue may be bigger and more widespread than earlier believed. Brian Shortsleeve, the MBTA’s chief administrator, also disclosed on Wednesday that he is putting a(...)

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Baker moves to curb sick leave accrual

Baker moves to curb sick leave accrual

Predicts state could save $3.5m annually

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN THE WAKE OF REPORTS of long-time state employees walking into retirement with lucrative compensation packages boosted by payouts for unused sick time, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday unveiled legislation to cap sick leave accrual at no more than 1,000 hours, or six months of work. The governor believes the state(...)

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Electricity consumption on the rise

Electricity consumption on the rise

Eversource raises average usage number to 600 kWh

EVERSOURCE ENERGY says the average monthly electricity usage of its typical customer is now 600 kilowatt hours, up from the 500 kilowatt-hour estimate the company has used for years. The change showed up on a recent press release detailing the firm’s basic service rates for this summer. Michael Durand, an Eversource spokesman, said the average(...)

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Energy bill includes offshore wind, hydro

Energy bill includes offshore wind, hydro

Hydro amount is half what Baker wanted

A HOUSE COMMITTEE released a long-awaited energy bill on Monday that calls for the state’s utilities to negotiate long-term contracts for large amounts of offshore wind and Canadian hydroelectricity, although the hydroelectric portion of the proposal is half the size Gov. Charlie Baker had sought. The bill, dubbed “an act to promote energy diversity,” calls(...)

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Commission wraps up health pricing discussions

Commission wraps up health pricing discussions

As ballot question talks go on, agency’s role unclear

THE STATE’S HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION on Thursday wrapped up a series of discussions with industry stakeholders on what to do about hospital pricing disparities, but the group seemed to have no clear plan on what to do next. As members offered up their ideas at the end of a two-hour meeting, some talked about broadening(...)

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Solar cap clamor resurfacing already

Solar cap clamor resurfacing already

Grumbling begins a month after law’s passage

It’s starting again. A little over a month ago, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that lifted the cap on solar net metering credits, making it possible for projects that had been stalled for close to a year to start moving forward. The bill-signing followed a long and bitter dispute between utilities and(...)

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Millionaires’ tax gains strong backing

Millionaires’ tax gains strong backing

Legislature seems to embrace role of Robin Hood

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE, which has shown no interest in raising taxes for several years, voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to greenlight a constitutional amendment that could give voters the chance to assess a 4 percent surtax on household incomes above $1 million. The vote overall was 135-57 in favor of the amendment. The Senate voted 33-7,(...)

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Groups raise concern on hospital pricing talks

Groups raise concern on hospital pricing talks

Letter opposes new assessments on employers, health plans

THE HEADS OF NINE BUSINESS AND INSURANCE GROUPS sent a letter to top Beacon Hill leaders on Tuesday raising concerns about some of the proposals being considered to forestall a ballot question that would regulate hospital prices. The letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo indicated some of(...)

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T board briefed on parking ‘discrepancies’

T board briefed on parking ‘discrepancies’

Size of problem remains mystery as audit specialist hired

A correction has been added to this story. MBTA OFFICIALS on Monday briefed the agency’s oversight board for the first time about “parking revenue discrepancies” that first surfaced in late February or early March and remain something of a mystery. The authority’s legal counsel, John Englander, told the Fiscal Management and Control Board that the(...)

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