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

T backing off paratransit service cuts

T backing off paratransit service cuts

Pollack: Appropriation could be used to balance FY18 budget

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS signaled on Monday that they are leaning toward no outright service cuts in paratransit service and are amenable to using a portion of a legislative appropriation to balance the coming fiscal year’s budget. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, who along with T staff has been pushing to balance the fiscal 2018 budget without(...)

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Orange Line car pulls into City Hall plaza

Orange Line car pulls into City Hall plaza

Chinese officials take bow at public unveiling

THE CHINESE OFFICIALS building new subway cars for the MBTA took a bow on Monday at the public unveiling of a prototype of the new Orange Line car at City Hall plaza in Boston. Zhongyi An, president of CRRC Changchun, said through an interpreter that the MBTA was the company’s first customer in North America.(...)

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Who’s in charge of simulcasting?

Who’s in charge of simulcasting?

Crosby to lawmakers: Stop giving simulcasting deals to Wonderland, Raynham

The Legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in a power struggle over who controls the simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. The issue surfaced on Thursday at a meeting of the Gaming Commission, where the agency approved the sale of Suffolk Downs to a private developer. During its deliberations, the commission veered off into(...)

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Health spending benchmark lowered to 3.1%

Health spending benchmark lowered to 3.1%

State has had trouble meeting old target of 3.6%

THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION voted unanimously on Wednesday to lower the state’s 2018 benchmark for health care spending growth from 3.6 percent to 3.1 percent, a move that some members worried might be largely aspirational. The benchmark has been 3.6 percent since 2013, and the state has met that target only once, in 2013.(...)

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Orange Line prototype at City Hall

Orange Line prototype at City Hall

T odds & ends: Bus service revamp, pilot projects

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID A PROTOTYPE of the new Orange Line car will be available for public viewing next Monday through Wednesday at City Hall plaza in Boston. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s chief operating officer, said staff will be on hand to take feedback from passengers on what they like or dislike about the new car.(...)

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T running out of options on budget cuts

T running out of options on budget cuts

As service cuts eliminated, spending pressure increases

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD is running out of options to pare back spending in the coming fiscal year. The T wants to balance its fiscal 2018 budget without touching $187 million expected to be provided by the Legislature. To do that, the T has estimated it needs to find $42 million in cuts plus another(...)

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Keolis plagued by train, coach issues

Keolis plagued by train, coach issues

Problems not all firm’s fault, but T officials losing patience

KEOLIS, THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR, is having trouble complying with the maintenance and repair requirements mandated under a six-year, $66 million contract sweetener it received last year. Last July, the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to give Keolis an extra $11 million more per year to add nine locomotives and 12 coaches(...)

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Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Key lawmaker, advocate say there is no shortfall

Over the last two weeks, the MBTA has repeatedly cited the existence of a “structural deficit” to make the case for its controversial spending cuts and privatization initiatives In a presentation on March 13 and again on Monday, T officials outlined a series of tough choices they said were necessary to close a $42 million(...)

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Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Baker to T: Cut spending but not service

Says agency can use extra state funds to cover any deficit

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Tuesday that MBTA officials should continue to search for savings at the agency, but he indicated he didn’t want spending cuts to disrupt service. The governor also eased some of the financial pressure on the T, saying the agency could use some of the so-called contract assistance money provided by(...)

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5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

5 takeaways from new Orange Line car

Smile, you’re on the T’s candid camera

MBTA OFFICIALS on Tuesday unveiled a three-quarters mockup of the 152 new Orange Line cars that are on order and due to start arriving at the end of this year. The wheel-less mockup allows operators, mechanics, riders, and other stakeholders to explore the vehicle and report any problems that need to be corrected. Here are(...)

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