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

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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The vision for Amazon at Suffolk Downs

The vision for Amazon at Suffolk Downs

Developer says approach won’t change if tech giant goes elsewhere

THE DEVELOPER OF SUFFOLK DOWNS said his company’s vision for the 161-acre property matches almost exactly what Amazon is looking for in a second headquarters, and he insists that vision won’t change much if the tech giant ends up going somewhere else. Thomas O’Brien, the president of HYM Investment Group, said his company bought the(...)

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$12m sitting unused in horse fund

$12m sitting unused in horse fund

Money a concern as racing committee sets ‘split’

STATE OFFICIALS SAID on Wednesday that $12 million is currently sitting unused in a fund that provides purses for horse races. The fund, which relies on gambling revenues that flow to the state, has often been eyed by officials on Beacon Hill looking for money to help balance the budget. So far the money has(...)

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Senators stress health care in cost-effective settings

Senators stress health care in cost-effective settings

Bill cautiously lays groundwork for tougher regulatory oversight

A WORKING GROUP of the Massachusetts Senate unveiled health care legislation on Tuesday that promotes the treatment of patients in more cost-effective settings while laying the groundwork for tougher regulatory oversight of hospital readmissions and payments to pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospitals. The working group, led by Sen. James Welch of Springfield and funded by the(...)

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Transportation notes: Rocky rollout at inspection stations

Transportation notes: Rocky rollout at inspection stations

Deveney said focus should have been on people, not equipment

STATE OFFICIALS ON MONDAY conceded that a new system for handing out automobile inspection stickers got off to a dismal start at the beginning of October because of a failure to provide enough technical support to the roughly 1,700 stations participating in the program. “While we provided the technology to the stations, they deserved a(...)

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Union: Only 1 firm bid on T bus repair work

Union: Only 1 firm bid on T bus repair work

Lack of interest may complicate privatization efforts

THE MBTA’S BID TO PRIVATIZE as many as three of its nine bus maintenance garages may be in trouble, as the union representing existing workers said only one firm had submitted a bid to do the work. Luis Ramirez, the T’s general manager, refused to comment on how many companies had submitted bids and was(...)

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Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report

Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report

Perry wants to halt shutdowns of coal, nuclear plants

A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVE to financially buttress struggling coal and nuclear power plants is prompting the operator of the New England power grid to put off the release of a long-awaited fuel security study. The study’s release was delayed because the Trump administration initiative “raised the potential for significant changes to the wholesale electricity markets(...)

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