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Cabinet Appointments with Texas Ties — What Will it Mean for Us?

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump has named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. The announcement comes on the heels of another appointment — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State for the Trump administration. We discuss what these appointments could mean for Texas and the nation with Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor […]

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Why Do Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts?

Posted on · The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property […]