Wallis Watkins

Producer & Contributing Reporter

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.

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Stocking the Cabinet

Dec 17, 2015
Wallis Watkins

Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards announced eight new leaders for his administration on Wednesday. 

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.

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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. 

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Governor Bobby Jindal and Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards met Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion as part of the transition process. 

Dr. David Sathiaraj

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.

Louisiana Board of Regents

The Louisiana Board of Regents, the agency responsible for allocating funds to higher education, has requested a $1.7 billion higher education budget for the next fiscal year. 

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

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. 

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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. 

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Three of Louisiana’s four major candidates for Governor are displeased with the state’s incarceration rate and lack of alternative mental health programs. 

Sue Lincoln

A forum on Lawsuit Reform was held in Baton Rouge on Tuesday and two of the major Gubernatorial candidates attended, Senator David Vitter and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.