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

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

Why a life-long Democrat became one of Charlie Baker’s biggest backers

Photographs by Frank Curran STEPHANIE POLLACK AND Charlie Baker are the odd couple of Massachusetts politics. Pollack is short and Baker is tall. She’s a lifelong Democrat and he’s a lifelong Republican. She supported Deval Patrick in 2010; Baker was running against Patrick during that race. She’s a progressive with a history of pushing higher(...)

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Wynn shipping contaminated soil around nation

Wynn shipping contaminated soil around nation

Cleanup of 500,000 tons of toxic dirt from casino site sent to landfills in seven states and Canada

THE CLEANUP OF the Wynn Resorts casino site in Everett is a case of addition through subtraction. Before the Wynn tower could start going up, all of the contaminated soil on the property had to be removed. An estimated 500,000 tons of dirt containing PCBs, arsenic, lead, ash, petroleum products, and asbestos were carted off(...)

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What about those holes?

TO SHOW YOU how stupid I am, I thought Suffolk Construction had forgotten to finish the job when it was building Millennium Tower at Downtown Crossing. Every day last year I watched, fascinated, as the building soared higher and higher into the air. And then it seemed to be finished. Lights were coming on in(...)

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T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

Lang pushes better-paying jobs; ‘urban explorers’ shut down Orange Line

THE MBTA PLANS TO SPEND $2.29 billion building the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and another $23 million a year providing the new rail service. John Dalton, the T manager overseeing the Green Line Extension, said the operating costs on the new stretch of track from Lechmere into Somerville and Medford will be(...)

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T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

Gonneville calls for crash program on locomotives

THE MBTA’S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER on Monday called for hiring outside contractors to return some of the transit agency’s broken-down commuter rail locomotives to service. Jeffrey Gonneville, who is heading a special task force to address a locomotive shortage, said he plans to hire outside firms to refurbish five locomotives over the next four weeks(...)

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T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

Alcohol ads, vague commuter rail cuts added to mix

THE MBTA’S PLAN TO BALANCE its operating budget next year without tapping any of a $187 million legislative appropriation was scrapped on Monday; the only question now is how much of the funding will be used. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board is slated to approve a fiscal 2018 budget on Thursday. T staff(...)

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Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Will cause disruptions to T, commuter rail, Turnpike service

STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED on Monday that they plan to replace the structurally deficient Commonwealth Avenue bridge in two phases this summer and next summer, causing disruptions to local car and MBTA travel as well as Turnpike, commuter rail , and Amtrak service. The first construction phase focused on half the bridge will run from July(...)

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Keolis fines averaging $608,000 a month

Keolis fines averaging $608,000 a month

Amount is roughly 2.3% of the firm’s monthly MBTA fee

THE MBTA IS ASSESSING KEOLIS Commuter Services financial penalties of about $608,000 a month, which is roughly 2.3 percent of the firm’s monthly fee of $26 million. According to figures released by the T, 49 percent of the penalties Keolis paid over the first eight months of the current fiscal year were for trains failing(...)

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Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Mayor sees furor over immigration as part of white nationalism push

SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE and Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Thursday dropped their sound-bite attacks on one another and for the most part engaged in a substantive debate about sanctuary status and the nation’s immigration policies. Hodgson, a Republican, was outnumbered but held his ground during a panel discussion hosted by the UMass School of Law(...)

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Feds agree with Green Line Ext. cost estimate

Feds agree with Green Line Ext. cost estimate

State comes up with extra $64m to close funding gap

THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION moved closer to reality on Tuesday, as the Federal Transit Administration said it agreed with the MBTA’s $2.289 billion cost estimate for the project and state officials came up with an extra $64 million to close the funding gap. The Federal Transit Administration has been reviewing the T’s new cost estimate(...)

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