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

Dissecting the T’s land deal with Wynn

Dissecting the T’s land deal with Wynn

Was $6 million a fair price?

THE FIGHT for the eastern Massachusetts casino license ended more than seven months ago, but it feels like the battle is still raging. Boston, Somerville, Revere, and Mohegan Sun are all challenging in court the decision to award the license to Wynn Resorts. Their advocates are also seizing on every misstep or perceived misstep by Wynn(...)

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New England governors vow to boost natural gas capacity

New England governors vow to boost natural gas capacity

States will coordinate policies but tackle details on their own

THE NEW ENGLAND governors met behind closed doors on energy issues in Hartford on Thursday and vowed afterwards to work collaboratively to expand the region’s natural gas pipeline capacity. What shape that collaboration will take was unclear, as a seven-paragraph statement issued by the governors after their meeting offered no specifics. The plain-vanilla statement blamed the region’s high electricity(...)

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House-Senate split goes beyond rules

House-Senate split goes beyond rules

Rosenberg calls current rules situation an embarrassment

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG and some of his colleagues indicated on Thursday that the Senate and House are in sharp disagreement over more than just legislative rules. The two branches of government are also headed for possible showdowns over the MBTA and the Pacheco Law. At a meeting with reporters in his State House office,(...)

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House plan exempts T from Pacheco Law

House plan exempts T from Pacheco Law

5-year reprieve may make it easier to hire private contractors

THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE unveiled on Wednesday a $38 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year that tracks fairly closely to Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal and even gives the MBTA a five-year break from the so-called Pacheco Law. The Pacheco Law, named for its 1993 sponsor, Sen. Marc Pacheco of Taunton, requires state agencies(...)

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Baker all-of-the-above on energy

Baker all-of-the-above on energy

Aides say he favors new gas pipeline, hydro, and clean energy

BAKER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS checked “all-of-the-above” on the energy front on Tuesday, telling lawmakers on Beacon Hill that they favor expansion of the region’s natural gas pipeline capacity, back the importation of more hydroelectricity from Canada, and support clean energy. Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, read a statement offering a broad overview(...)

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Editor’s note: Spring 2015

Editor’s note: Spring 2015

EB-5, state takeovers of schools, probation

I’M IN FAVOR of jobs and investments as much as the next guy, but something doesn’t smell right about the so-called EB-5 immigration program, the subject of our cover story, “Selling citizenship.” The program essentially lets foreign investors acquire a green card for themselves and their immediate family members if they invest $500,000 in a(...)

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What really happened at Probation’s electronic monitoring operation?

What really happened at Probation’s electronic monitoring operation?

Last summer's trial raised questions but provided few answers

IT STARTED WITH Michael Bizanowicz, a dangerous sex offender who broke into a Woburn home in 2004 and raped and killed Joanne Presti and then murdered her 12-year-old daughter, Alyssa. The crime was so shocking that state lawmakers a year later passed a law requiring sex offenders on probation or parole to be outfitted with(...)

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British Columbia officials say carbon tax is working

British Columbia officials say carbon tax is working

Sen. Barrett wants to introduce carbon fee in Mass.

OFFICIALS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA came to MIT on Monday to make the case for their seven-year-old tax on carbon, which some lawmakers and clean energy advocates in Massachusetts want to replicate with a slight name change: The Massachusetts proponents prefer to call their proposal a carbon fee, not a tax. Sen. Michael Barrett, the sponsor(...)

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