Take an issue that's full of sometimes-complicated details like Texas public school finance, throw in an element of urgency like the need for better transportation solutions in Dallas-Fort Worth, add a healthy helping of local interest spiced with some controversy and you have the perfect assignment for Mike Norman to examine in depth. Mike is the newspaper's editorial director.

E-mail: mnorman@star-telegram.com

Opinion: New UNT president gets a financial trial by fire

| |Friday, Jun. 06, 2014

Misspending $83.5 million of the state’s money wasn’t his fault, but now it’s his problem.

Obama’s new climate plan likely to be a hot one

| |Thursday, May. 29, 2014

The president’s announcement on power plant emissions is expected Monday.

No shortage of challenges for new Fort Worth city manager

| |Thursday, May. 22, 2014

At the top of my list: how to pay for better public transit.

Nothing more to say about Love Field? If only…

| |Thursday, May. 08, 2014

The fight over two gates at Dallas’ airport is not the last one.

Lots of reasons not to replace property taxes with higher sales taxes

| |Friday, May. 02, 2014

I wrote a few weeks back about talk of possible changes ahead for the state and local sales tax in Texas, and now I’ve been reminded of a 2012 study that details how difficult one of those changes would be.

It’s an idea that has surfaced in the race for state comptroller. The Republican nominee, state Sen. Glenn Hegar from Katy, has suggested that the state abolish the $40 billion a year brought in by local property taxes and replace that revenue by revising and increasing the sales tax.

Calculators for math tests a problem for schools

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The state is looking for trouble with an unfunded mandate.

Size of the sales tax enters Texas political debate

| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Some of the talk says the rate could go higher, but don’t believe it.

Texas governor candidates in classic clash over education

| |Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

Focus pre-k on serving more kids or on results-based methods?

Comptroller shines light on May bond elections

| |Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

Arlington ISD proposal is the third-largest in the state, but still looks good.

Abbott backed into a corner on equal pay

| |Friday, Mar. 21, 2014

Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has let himself be out-wrestled on the sensitive issue of equal pay for equal work by Texas women.