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

Pricing hints on Hydro-Quebec power

Pricing hints on Hydro-Quebec power

Leaked Ontario contract indicates cost could be high

A LEAKED POWER CONTRACT between Hydro-Quebec and the province of Ontario may offer some insight into what kind of deal the utility is currently offering Massachusetts for hydro-electricity. The proposed contract, obtained by the French language publication La Presse, indicated Hydro-Quebec was offering Ontario a 20-year contract for 8 terawatt hours a year of electricity(...)

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Getting inside the T’s union talks

Getting inside the T’s union talks

Sticking point is privatization of 3 bus maintenance garages

IN APRIL, THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board passed a budget that called for $8 million in savings from the authority’s bus maintenance operations during the current fiscal year, and $21 million in savings over the course of an entire year. Most of the board members favored what they called a hybrid approach to(...)

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Warren calls Baker detainer bill ‘un-American’

Warren calls Baker detainer bill ‘un-American’

Newton mayor says lack of due process rights is wrong

NEWTON MAYOR and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren doubled-down on his criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker’s ICE detainer legislation on Friday, calling the governor’s proposal “un-American.” Baker’s bill seeks to address a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that found police had no legal standing in Massachusetts to honor civil immigration detainer requests made by US Immigration(...)

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Mapping the T’s monopoles

Mapping the T’s monopoles

Is a 74-foot WiFi pole coming to a location near you?

Below is an interactive map developed by the MBTA showing the proposed locations of the 74-foot monopoles scheduled to go up along commuter rail lines to improve WiFi service on trains. The poles have generated a lot of opposition in Andover and a handful of other communities north of Boston, where residents fear the structures(...)

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Poftak reports on commuter rail WiFi project

Poftak reports on commuter rail WiFi project

Contractor slammed for not answering questions at T meeting

THE MBTA’S INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER on Monday laid out the benefits of a controversial WiFi commuter rail contract that calls for 74-foot towers along the tracks, but he acknowledged the initiative had been rolled out poorly and couldn’t explain why the contractor was not available to answer questions about the project. Steve Poftak, the interim(...)

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Offshore wind farm bids against hydro, onshore wind firms

Offshore wind farm bids against hydro, onshore wind firms

Deepwater Wind also proposes 40 megawatt Tesla storage

DEEPWATER WIND, one of a handful of companies expected to bid on an upcoming offshore wind power contract, revealed on Monday that it has also submitted three bids on a separate, massive clean energy contract. The bids are a shocker because no one expected an offshore wind company to compete for a contract against hydro-electric,(...)

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Healey collects $1.1m from T parking lot operator

Healey collects $1.1m from T parking lot operator

AG settlement follows $4.5m agreement with MBTA

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY’S office reached a settlement on Monday with the MBTA’s former parking lot operator, requiring LAZ Parking to pay the state $1.1 million to resolve allegations that its failure to monitor 13 lots caused significant revenue losses. “LAZ employees skimmed millions of dollars in cash from MBTA parking facilities, robbing the public of(...)

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Hydro-Quebec partners up

Hydro-Quebec partners up

Seeking Mass. contract, utility giant works with 3 transmission firms

HYDRO-QUEBEC, a utility giant that fashions itself the electric battery of the Northeast, is partnering with three different transmission companies in competing for a massive clean energy contract with Massachusetts. The multiple partners were a bit of a surprise because Hydro-Quebec has had a long-standing relationship with Eversource Energy on the Northern Pass project, which(...)

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Lawmakers kick the can on horse racing

Lawmakers kick the can on horse racing

House, Senate pass bill maintaining simulcasting status quo

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE on Wednesday extended the existing simulcasting system for horse and dog racing for another year, essentially kicking the can down the road on proposals to revamp the regulatory and business framework for thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts. The legislation, if it is signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, will allow Suffolk Downs to continue(...)

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MBTA to get $4.5m in parking theft settlement

MBTA to get $4.5m in parking theft settlement

Authority says agreement will make the agency 'whole'

THE MBTA IS EXPECTED TO COLLECT $4.5 million as part of a legal settlement with its former parking lot operator, whose employees allegedly stole money from the T over a three-year period. The settlement agreement apparently was completed on Friday, but the deal hasn’t been finalized because the operator, LAZ Parking, has yet to sign(...)

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