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.
| |Friday, Jun. 06, 2014
Misspending $83.5 million of the state’s money wasn’t his fault, but now it’s his problem.
| |Thursday, May. 29, 2014
The president’s announcement on power plant emissions is expected Monday.
| |Thursday, May. 22, 2014
At the top of my list: how to pay for better public transit.
| |Thursday, May. 08, 2014
The fight over two gates at Dallas’ airport is not the last one.
| |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.
| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
The state is looking for trouble with an unfunded mandate.
| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
Some of the talk says the rate could go higher, but don’t believe it.
| |Friday, Apr. 04, 2014
Focus pre-k on serving more kids or on results-based methods?
| |Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014
Arlington ISD proposal is the third-largest in the state, but still looks good.
| |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.