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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Louisiana is set to receive $1.2 billion in recovery money as a result of the August flooding.

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards presented a plan that would predominately direct that $1.2 billion--approved by Congress in December--towards housing recovery, the state’s biggest need following the flood.

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Louisiana’s congressional delegation has three new members, all Republican. Congressmen Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) and Clay Higgins (R-Opelousas) and Senator John Kennedy (R-Madisonville) were sworn into office Tuesday in Washington. 


The Department of Environmental Quality does attempt to educate law enforcement officials about environmental crimes.  Capitol Access’ Wallis Watkins recently attended one of their seminars.

At his end-of-the-year press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards reflected on the challenge 2016 was for Louisiana.

“The toughest day for me was the Sunday when I woke up and was getting ready for church and found out that we had a gunman in Baton Rouge that was obviously targeting police officers,” reflected Edwards. 


Higher Education officials are asking the House Appropriations Committee for $1.1 billion next fiscal year. That’s $188 million more than they received in the current budget. 

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The Revenue Estimating Conference met Tuesday to determine just how many millions short the state’s budget will be for the current fiscal year.

“Somewhere between 257 [million] and 464 [million] is a real adjustment that will need to be made,” explained Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia).  

That's in addition to the $313 million shortfall in last year's budget, both of which must be accounted for by June 30th, the end of this fiscal year.

Department leaders sat in front of the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday, as Legislators continue taking an early look at next fiscal year’s budget. 

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The House Appropriations Committee has started looking at next fiscal year’s state budget. 

Sitting in front of the committee Tuesday, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said while they look ahead, they also have to look back at last year’s budget. 

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Just under two weeks remain until the United States Senate runoff is decided in Louisiana. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat, appeared at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. 

Members of the House Appropriations Committee did not approve a healthcare contract for state workers last week because it included language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.