Houston Texas Business Directory, The Houston area is a leading center for building oilfield equipment. Much of its success as a petrochemical complex is due to its busy ship channel the Port of Houston in the United States the port ranks first in international commerce and 10th among the largest ports in the world. Unlike most places high oil and gasoline prices are beneficial for Houston's economy as many of its residents are employed in the energy industry. Houston is the beginning or end point of numerous oil gas and products pipelines. Senate Class 1 Ted Cruz Republican 2012 Junior Senator.
; Instead the state collects revenue from property taxes (though these are collected at the county city and school district level; Texas has a state constitutional prohibition against a state property tax) and sales taxes the state sales tax rate is 6.25 percent but local taxing jurisdictions (cities counties special purpose districts and transit authorities) may also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent, The following year the War of the Quadruple Alliance pitted Spain against France which immediately moved to take over Spanish interests in North America in June 1719 seven Frenchmen from Natchitoches took control of the mission San Miguel de los Adaes from its sole defender who did not know that the countries were at war the French soldiers explained that 100 additional soldiers were coming and the Spanish colonists missionaries and remaining soldiers fled to San Antonio! The Carnegie Foundation classifies three of Texas's universities as Tier One research institutions: the University of Texas at Austin the Texas A&M University and the University of Houston the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are flagship universities of the state of Texas Both were established by the Texas Constitution and hold stakes in the Permanent University Fund the state has been putting effort to expand the number of flagship universities by elevating some of its seven institutions designated as "emerging research universities" the two expected to emerge first are the University of Houston and Texas Tech University likely in that order according to discussions on the House floor of the 82nd Texas Legislature. United States portal Rod Paige became superintendent of Houston Independent School District in 1994; during his seven-year tenure the district became very well known for high test scores and in 2001 Paige was asked to become Secretary of Education for the new George W Bush administration Lee P Brown Houston's first African-American mayor was elected in 1997. 5.2 Water pollution Texas population density map.