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 health and health policy for Louisiana's Prescription.

Legislators are gearing up for a third special session that will start June 18. They’ll have 10 days to reach an agreement on the budget and taxes.

If lawmakers can’t reach a tax compromise by June 30, many state agencies would face steep budget cuts.

Marketa Walters is the Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services. In the event the Legislature fails to replace expiring revenue in a third special session, her department would be cut more than 20 percent.

Louisiana’s colleges and universities are facing a budget cut of nearly $100 million next year if the Legislature can’t compromise on a tax plan by June 30. 

For the second time this year, lawmakers in the House were unable to reach a tax compromise, collapsing the special session that ended late Monday night. 

Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service

The legislature managed to pass a budget on the final day of the special session, but ultimately failed to raise revenue to fund it.

Governor John Bel Edwards - in a press conference after the House adjourned at midnight - called it a disaster and pointed the blame at Republican leaders in the House.

Without much time to spare, the Senate met Sunday, approving a state budget for next fiscal year, and the additional revenue to help pay for it.

Sarah Gamard / LSU Manship School News Service

The legislature is in the final days of its special session - and lawmakers are still working to finalize budget and tax bills for the coming fiscal year. Capitol Access reporter Wallis Watkins and editor Jessica Rosgaard bring you up to speed on what you may have missed this week in the state capitol.

The House approved a two-part budget plan Thursday that would give more funding to state programs than they had in the budget vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, but it's still shy of meeting the entire shortfall. 

As legislators approach the end of the special session, a Senate committee got its first crack at the session’s key bill Wednesday night.

As the special session enters its second week, lawmakers still haven’t been able to agree on a way to raise revenue.

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