Wallis Watkins


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.

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According to Louisiana’s Constitution, during even-numbered years, like 2016, Legislators cannot introduce bills to create or raise taxes. That is, unless a special session is called, like the one expected to begin in mid-February. 

Inauguration 2016

Jan 12, 2016
LPB Broadcast

The Inaugural ceremony for Governor John 'Bel' Edwards went smoothly on Monday, with Edwards and his wife, Donna, descending the Capitol steps to “Fanfare for the Common Man.”  

Sue Lincoln

We already know that in the next eighteen months, there is a $2.65 billion budget hole to fill. So how is the incoming administration planning to deal with it?

Louisiana Legislative Auditor

When a Medicaid recipient in Louisiana needs to get to a doctor’s appointment, but has no means of transportation, the Department of Health and Hospitals offers a ride, either in an ambulance or a non-emergency vehicle. 

The Legislative Auditor says there are some inventory problems with the LSU Health Care Services Division. 

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. 

Wallis Watkins

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.