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

Revisiting one of Walsh’s biggest defeats

Revisiting one of Walsh’s biggest defeats

Walsh lost his battle against Wynn Resorts, but now it seems forgotten

IT’S HARD TO REMEMBER NOW why Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spent a good chunk of his initial two years in office fighting a legal and verbal war with Steve Wynn and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. At the time, Walsh said he felt Boston was a host community to Wynn’s Everett casino because no one could(...)

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Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty’

Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty’

Despite many doubters, company exudes confidence on call

EVERSOURCE ENERGY on Thursday once again insisted its problem-plagued Northern Pass transmission project is on track and the best solution to Massachusetts’ clean energy needs. In a conference call with financial analysts, Eversource officials said Northern Pass, a $1.6 billion project that would deliver billions of dollars of hydroelectricity from Quebec over a transmission line(...)

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MBTA overnight bus service a tough sell 

MBTA overnight bus service a tough sell 

Absent financial help, project unlikely to proceed 

The MBTA put off action this week on an overnight bus service pilot project, and a review of the underlying numbers suggests the initiative will have a hard time gaining traction without someone other than the T kicking in additional money.  The debate shows how difficult it is for the MBTA to expand operations in tight economic times without strong demand for(...)

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Wynn to spend $90m buying land near casino

Wynn to spend $90m buying land near casino

Wants to make Everett entertainment, convention destination

LAS VEGAS MOGUL STEVE WYNN said he has already spent $75 million buying up property near the Wynn Resorts hotel-casino complex in Everett and plans to spend a total of $90 million. “It’s property that we’re buying so we can turn Everett into a great example in America of how a business can change a(...)

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Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers

Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers

Utility seeks reimbursement for fees paid to business groups

EVERSOURCE ENERGY is pushing for state approval of a $284 million rate hike, and tucked inside all the documentation is paperwork seeking reimbursement for annual membership fees and dues the company pays to 74 business organizations and trade groups.  In the grand scheme of things, the $814,000 being sought by Eversource is not a lot of money. But the request by Eversource nevertheless rankles some consumer advocates,(...)

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DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims

DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims

Regulators seek information from gas distribution firms

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES launched “a thorough review” of allegations in a recent report that Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. artificially constrained natural gas pipeline capacity in New England and drove up electricity prices by $3.6 billion over three years. Angela O’Connor, the chair of the Department of Public Utilities, issued a statement(...)

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Fact-checking Walsh’s Olympics claim

Fact-checking Walsh’s Olympics claim

Evidence suggests the mayor didn’t pull the city’s bid

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH said during Tuesday night’s mayoral debate that he pulled the plug on the city’s Olympics bid. “I was the person who actually pulled out of the bid and I was very clear from the very beginning that I was not going to mortgage the future of the city,” he said during(...)

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T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

Get ready for more traffic light coordination

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID they were relieved on Monday when they learned two of the three bidders on the Green Line extension could do the construction work within the transit agency’s affordability limit of $1.319 billion. “Now we know we have a project we can build with the revenues we have,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack,(...)

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T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

Vendor will start to get paid once system up and running

THE MBTA IS PLANNING to build a new automated fare collection system using what officials are calling a public-private partnership. The new fare collection system, dubbed AFC 2.0, is expected to replace the existing CharlieCard and CharlieTicket and allow cashless-only payment using smart phones, bank cards, and possibly a new MBTA fare card. With fare(...)

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MBTA ridership on downward trend

MBTA ridership on downward trend

Officials say passengers taking fewer trips, shifting to alternatives

MBTA RIDERSHIP generally trended downward over the last three years, with officials saying the available evidence suggests a portion of the system’s riders are taking fewer trips on the T and replacing them with alternative modes of travel. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said she didn’t think riders were abandoning the T, just shifting to ride-sharing(...)

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