It’s been a long time comin’…

Malinda promised District 75 that she would never stop working to force the long-promised Louisiana Highway 3241 to front of the governor and the legislature’s minds and agendas. It’s taken several years of relentless negotiating, but a big step towards making this desperately needed connection to commerce was taken June 28, 2109 with the signing of House Bill 578 into law. District 75 has been overlooked time and again for this project that will allow for greater and easier access for commuters and industry from the interstate system, even though the constituents have long paid the tax was that levied to fund it. No previous legislator representing District 75 has been able to move the project any closer to reality. Malinda’s strong relationship with DOTD Secretary, Dr. Shawn Wilson and other relationships built while lobbying this project, allow Malinda an in-road in her fight to see the highway done. Like so many other things that people once thought were impossible, Malinda figured out a way to get it it done. Follow our blog and social media for continuing updates on Louisiana Highway 3241.

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Leading the way to clear the Pearl River log jam…

In 2015, a log jam began forming on a bend in the Pearl River, just south of Bogalusa, LA. Natural and man-made debris floating down-river has created an oxbow landfill several miles long and has rerouted the river. This floating landfill is growing at the rate of about a half mile every 6 months. The log jam was impacting the ecosystems of the Old River WMA on the Mississippi and the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge on the Louisiana side of the river.

The log jam was on the border between Mississippi and Louisiana. Neither state would take action, so I worked with local citizens to get the federal government to help us clear the log jam,” White said. “Working together, we got it done and removed both the environmental problem and the threat of flooding at no cost to either state.

Malinda isn’t afraid to make unpopular decisions to protect District 75:

No one likes taxes. No one likes dying in an hour-long ride to the nearest emergency room, either. When faced with the difficult decision of voting to support extending the one-cent sales tax or delivering devastating blows to District 75, Malinda became a fierce protector for her constituents. Supporting the tax was unpopular and she faced harsh and extreme criticism and threats, but she would not back down.

“The cuts for the loss of revenue for our area would have included Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Riverside Medical Center, The Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Dept of Family & Children Services, LA National Guard, Northshore Technical College, TOPs, Youth Service Bureau, Southeastern University and all other universities, the DA of Washington & St Tammany, Rayburn Correctional, the Sheriff, and many other services we all want and need. The bill for a renewal of part of the sales tax at .45% bringing our total state sales tax to 4.45% was approved by 74 members of the house reducing the cuts across the board down to $43,299,052 in cuts. In addition to $205,000,000 in cuts from the budget spread across departments. The compromise by the House was to reduce spending yet fund critical priorities for the general population. Setting the sunset date for seven years will provide stability to our budget and increase our bond rating credit by Wall Street. It’s not the perfect solution but it’s better than shutting down vital services. A no vote would’ve devastated our critical services to District 75 and Louisiana as a whole.”

Representative Malinda White, receiving the Rural Health Association 2018 Legislator of the Year award

Representative Malinda White, receiving the Rural Health Association 2018 Legislator of the Year award

Rep. White was the recipient of several legislative champion awards in recognition of her continuing efforts to fight for access to healthcare in District 75 and all of Louisiana:

  • Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Champion of the Year

  • Rural Health Association 2018 Legislator of the Year 

  • Louisiana Hospital Association 2019 Legislative Leadership Award

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As testament to her effectiveness and work ethic, Malinda has been recognized with these Legislative Champion awards:

  • United Way 2016 & 2018 Champion of the Year

  • Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Champion of the Year

  • Rural Health Association 2018 Legislator of the Year 

  • Youth Service 2017 Hero Award

  • Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2017 Legislative Champion

  • Louisiana CASA 2017 Legislator of the Year

  • Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana 2019 Legislator of the Year 

  • Louisiana Hospital Association 2019 Legislative Leadership Award

Rep. White serves on these committees, caucuses, and delegations:

Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs
Natural Resources and Environment
Transportation, Highways and Public Works
Democratic Caucus
Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus
Louisiana Rural Caucus Louisiana Sportsman’s Caucus