Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on politics for Capitol Access and science and health for Louisiana's Lab.
For two years now, police officers in the city of Ville Platte have been wearing body cameras. “I use to have lawsuits across my desk every month. Once a month it was a lawsuit because of he-said, she-said," says Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine. But since the city implemented body cameras, Vidrine says those lawsuits have gone down by ninety percent.
Have you had your annual battle with the tangle of Christmas lights yet? For the past five months, the state’s Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission has been trying to unsnarl Louisiana’s complex sales tax structure.
For many watchers of political races, it’s a numbers game. Dr. David Sathiaraj, Assistant Professor for Research in Geography and Anthropology at LSU, thinks there’s a better way to crack those numbers.
Last session, Louisiana legislators faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. And those shortfalls are expected to continue, even for the next Governor. "I get calls from legislators probably weekly asking me, so Daryl, what do you see? Where can we raise some revenue?" says Daryl Purpera, Louisiana’s Legislative Auditor.
According to the DC-based Tax Foundation, Louisiana’s sales tax structure is the worst in the nation. On Wednesday, The Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission looked at ways to make collecting internet sales tax easier.