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 shuffles top T management

Baker shuffles top T management

Poftak will run agency until new GM hired

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION announced a reshuffling of the MBTA’s top management on Thursday to accommodate the return of the agency’s top manager to the private sector. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Steve Poftak, the vice chair of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, will leave his volunteer post on the board and assume the(...)

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Gaming Commission: Hands off horse fund

Gaming Commission: Hands off horse fund

Members seem eager to revive thoroughbred racing

STILL HOPEFUL THEY CAN REVIVE thoroughbred racing in the state, the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday said they intend to lobby lawmakers to leave intact a fund designed to prop up the industry. A number of proposals have surfaced on Beacon Hill in recent weeks to tap the Horse Race Development Fund,(...)

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Senate reins in movie star spending

Senate reins in movie star spending

Amendment says salaries over $1m not eligible for film tax credit

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE put the state’s film tax credit in play on Tuesday, approving a budget amendment that would shave about $15 million off of the roughly $80 million in subsidies offered to commercials and movies filmed in Massachusetts each year. The film tax credit has become a political football on Beacon Hill, with governors,(...)

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T missing out on college student market

T missing out on college student market

University pass attracts only 12,500 customers

MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday they are struggling to come up with a pass that would be attractive to local universities and their students and at the same time produce significant revenue for the transit authority. The current university pass, which offers an 11 percent price discount on various products, attracted 12,500 customers in the(...)

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MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

State officials warn T retirement fund could run out of money

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS on Monday pressured the MBTA’s major unions to agree to concessions that would reduce retirement payouts by about $1 billion over the next 18 years and prevent the authority’s pension fund from running out of money. The officials said their analysis indicates the T’s pension fund is paying out more money than(...)

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Idle horse race funds attracting interest

Idle horse race funds attracting interest

Senate wants to snatch $15m to help balance budget

IT’S DANGEROUS TO LEAVE millions of dollars lying around these days on Beacon Hill. Someone is likely to snatch the money. The state’s Horse Race Development Fund is a case in point.  Set up to sweeten the purses of horse races, the fund draws its revenue from a tax on casino gambling. Harness races in(...)

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Keolis on-time performance improves

Keolis on-time performance improves

Wheel fractures continue; new GLX contracts issued

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR over the last few weeks has done a much better job keeping locomotives running and trains arriving on time, but a mysterious problem with the wheels on passenger coaches doesn’t appear to be going away. David Scorey, the general manager of Keolis Commuter Services, told the Fiscal and Management Control(...)

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Pollack: T scrapping Auburndale station design

Pollack: T scrapping Auburndale station design

Agency was accused of rebuilding station in worst possible way

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Monday that the MBTA is scrapping its design for a new Auburndale commuter rail station in response to concerns that the proposal might negatively affect the overall operation of the entire Framingham/Worcester Line. The transportation advocacy group TransitMatters initially raised concerns about the proposed design in February, saying the(...)

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Report: Inmate levels down but spending keeps rising

Report: Inmate levels down but spending keeps rising

At sheriff facilities, it’s one guard for every two prisoners

THE NUMBER OF INMATES in the state’s prisons and jails is going down, but the cost of operating those facilities is going up, largely because correctional institutions are adding more employees and paying their existing workers more, according to a study by MassINC. The study found that the average daily inmate population of state and(...)

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