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

Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Says agency can use extra state funds to cover any deficit

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Tuesday that MBTA officials should continue to search for savings at the agency, but he indicated he didn’t want spending cuts to disrupt service. The governor also eased some of the financial pressure on the T, saying the agency could use some of the so-called contract assistance money provided by(...)

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5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

Smile, you’re on the T’s candid camera

MBTA OFFICIALS on Tuesday unveiled a three-quarters mockup of the 152 new Orange Line cars that are on order and due to start arriving at the end of this year. The wheel-less mockup allows operators, mechanics, riders, and other stakeholders to explore the vehicle and report any problems that need to be corrected. Here are(...)

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Baker: Health bill could cost state $2b by 2022

Baker: Health bill could cost state $2b by 2022

Republican legislation would cut federal aid to MA

THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL pending in Congress could cost Massachusetts $1 billion in federal revenue in 2020, a figure that could rise to nearly $2 billion by 2022, according to an analysis of the legislation by the Baker administration. In a letter to the state’s congressional delegation on Tuesday, Baker extrapolated the impact on(...)

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T report recommends management, oversight changes

T report recommends management, oversight changes

Backs a board to directly oversee agency beyond 2020

THE MBTA SHOULD REVAMP its top management structure and a board should continue to provide direct oversight of T operations after 2020, according to a draft strategic report issued on Monday by the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board. The T’s current management structure calls for two coequal leaders  – a general manager and a(...)

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Savings estimates from commuter rail cuts vary a lot

Savings estimates from commuter rail cuts vary a lot

Halting weekend service would save between $7m and $18m

THE INABILITY OF MBTA OFFICIALS to say definitively how many passengers ride commuter rail on weekends is making it difficult to push for elimination of the service. The T last week said it was considering eliminating the weekend service to save $10 million as part of a budget-balancing package for the coming fiscal year, but(...)

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Warren offers mild criticism of Baker

Warren offers mild criticism of Baker

Senator covers variety of topics with Gateway Cities reporters

US SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN offered mild criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday, suggesting that she would like to see Republican governors put more pressure on President Trump and members of the GOP in Congress. Polls indicate both Baker and Warren are popular with Massachusetts voters. Asked specifically whether she would campaign on behalf of(...)

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Offshore wind firms split on size of initial contract

Offshore wind firms split on size of initial contract

Big disagreement on whether bigger is better

THE THREE COMPANIES vying for Massachusetts offshore wind contracts sharply disagree on how big the initial procurement should be, but they are united in their belief that electricity generation and transmission should be handled by them and them alone. The companies spelled out their positions in responses to a Baker administration request for ideas on(...)

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Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Posting for CEO job contains no salary info

THE JOB POSTING for the new general manager/CEO of the MBTA seeks someone with exceptional skills but offers no hint at what their pay will be. “The MBTA is seeking a strong, innovative, and strategic visionary and turnaround executive,” says the six-page position specification. “This leader will have the proven ability to transform organizational structure,(...)

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State cutting off Greenway funding

State cutting off Greenway funding

Pollack says talks with abutters going well

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Secretary Stephanie Pollack said on Monday that the Greenway Conservancy’s $2 million-a-year state subsidy will end on July 1 and she is working with abutters to help fill the gap. “We are in active talks with the Conservancy and abutters,” Pollack said at a meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board. “Those(...)

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T’s new mantra: ‘Cut to invest’

T’s new mantra: ‘Cut to invest’

Officials call for halting weekend commuter rail, limiting The RIDE

STATE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK coined a new term on Monday to summarize the Baker administration’s budget philosophy for the MBTA: “Cut to invest.” In a briefing with reporters, Pollack said the T is determined to eliminate its structural operating deficit in the coming fiscal year and plow state aid that would normally be used(...)

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