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

Another clue on declining T ridership

Another clue on declining T ridership

Census data: Telecommuting edges out public transit

NEW CENSUS DATA offer another clue about why transit ridership is falling all across the country, including at the MBTA. The data indicate 8 million workers nationally are now doing their jobs primarily from home, according to a report in Governing. For the first time, telecommuting narrowly edged out public transportation when respondents were asked(...)

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Where will the money for S. Coast Rail come from? 

Where will the money for S. Coast Rail come from? 

Answers won’t be provided until after the election 

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS plan to have South Coast Rail service up and running by November 2022, but they haven’t figured out a way to cover the $1 billion cost yet. About $200 million has either been spent or budgeted so far, but the funding sources for the remaining $800 million haven’t been located. Officials say the Baker administration is working on a(...)

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Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Dem wants to join Trump in taxing college endowments

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez crafted a tax plan that attempts to draft off of the popularity of the millionaire tax, but instead of taxing well-to-do individuals he intends to tax nine wealthy, private colleges and universities. Gonzalez is proposing a 1.6 percent tax on college endowments greater than $1 billion, an initiative he says(...)

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Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Court action comes in midst of casino license suitability review

THE FORMER OWNER of Suffolk Downs filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts in federal court on Monday alleging numerous violations of racketeering laws and seeking a total of $3 billion in damages. The lawsuit was filed as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is preparing to decide whether Wynn is suitable to retain its casino license in(...)

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It’s Jaws all over again

It’s Jaws all over again

Scared by sharks, how will we respond this time?

THE FATAL SHARK ATTACK on 26-year-old boogie border Arthur Medici Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet scared the hell out of me. Reading about the terrible incident, I could hear the John Williams theme to Jaws in my head. “Don’t go in the water.” The 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, based on the book by(...)

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T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

Red-Blue numbers don’t add up

STATE OFFICIALS ARE COUNTING on a yet-to-be-formed task force to develop performance metrics and best practices for the 15 regional transit authorities by November 1, less than a month-and-a-half away. The Legislature approved $88 million for the regional transit authorities in the fiscal 2019 budget. Of the total appropriation, $82 million is being distributed to(...)

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T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

Agency to explore bus lanes, but fare reductions not considered

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they would explore ways to address delays on the MBTA’s third-busiest bus route, but they refused to even consider what many residents of Chelsea say they want – fare reductions. What to do about the Route 111 bus that carries more than 12,000 passengers a day came to a(...)

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Toll evaders running out of room

Toll evaders running out of room

MA now working with NH, ME, RI, and soon NY

IT’S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER to hide from the toll takers. Massachusetts transportation officials said on Monday that they now have toll reciprocity agreements in place with New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island and are nearing an agreement with all New York state tolling authorities. The reciprocity agreements mean Massachusetts will work with the other(...)

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Bus lane: Everett just did it

Bus lane: Everett just did it

The city is moving more cautiously with afternoon initiative

Everett wanted to launch a dedicated bus lane, so Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. just did it in December 2016. No community meetings or endless analysis. DeMaria gave residents four days notice that the parking lane on a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway was going to be eliminated during the early morning hours and then put up(...)

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What is the T’s Chelsea Plan?

What is the T’s Chelsea Plan?

City officials and FMCB’s Lang say it isn’t working

THE MBTA UNVEILED the “Chelsea Plan” in May to address lengthening commute times into Boston, but now the plan is coming under fire from a member of the Fiscal and Management Control Board who says it isn’t working. At last Monday’s meeting of the control board, Brian Lang said the Route 111 bus, which carries(...)

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