If both Senate and House agree on a final bill, Alaska’s three big oil producers, ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil, will find themselves saving billions of dollars over the next five years. With 90 percent of Alaska’s revenues coming from oil, the state treasury will be that much poorer. The bill would wipe out the current tax scheme in place since Gov. Sarah Palin pushed it in 2007 as Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share, replacing it with a structure whose only name so far is Senate Bill 21. While both measures contain many combinations of taxes and credits, the key feature of ACES came to be its progressive tax that increases Alaska’s cut of state-owned oil as the price rises. The key feature of Senate Bill 21 is that it has almost no progressive tax.

Acknowledging some dissent in the audience at a community meeting two days earlier, Yenni said: “The mixed reviews were the very far right-wing Tea Party and Citizens for a ‘Bitter’ Kenner,” the latter a jab at a small group that often questions his initiatives.

A St. Claude Avenue grocery that has remained vacant since Hurricane Katrina while its owner and occupant battled out post-storm repair issues will once again serve the neighborhood now that the legal battle is over. Since 2006, Robért’s Fresh Market, which operated a grocery in the former Schwegmann’s Super Market at St. Claude and Elysian Fields avenues, had been embroiled in a lawsuit with the Schwegmann family, which remained the site’s owner.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...