Cindy Banyai ~ U.S. House, District 19

Cindy has dedicated her career to community development. She is the founder and Principal Consultant of Banyai Evaluation and Consulting, and also teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cindy served as the Executive Director for a nonprofit that provides housing and services to homeless families. She received the Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award from the Community Development for her initiatives and advocacy. She is currently present of the Community Development Society and representative to the UN for Internal Association for Community Development. In her career, she has helped countless civil society leaders, government officials, and nonprofit organizations engage in strategic planning and organization development.

On healthcare . . .

Cindy will expand healthcare access to everyone, including those with pre-existing conditions. She wants to preserve the key components of the Affordable Care Act, eliminate marketplace plans in favor of an option for basic minimal coverage, eliminate profiteering, and eliminate coverage gaps in Medicaid and Medicare by merging them into a single program for coverage.

On the environment

Cindy wants to make sure our children have clean water and land to play in. She is determined to amplify local efforts with national efforts through alignment and cost-sharing, incentivize businesses to make sound environmental decisions, and re-enter the Paris Agreement. Cindy also supports the Green New Deal and wants to hold polluters accountable for their actions.

Plans for Economy

Cindy is aiming to create a vibrant economy by supporting the growth of small, local businesses. She supports reallocating development incentives from large corporations to small businesses, developing rules for congressional oversight on trade barrier implementation, raising the minimum wage to $15, and establishing a Universal Basic Income.

Education Policy

Cindy believes quality education will lead to a qualified and advanced workforce. Her ideas include instituting federal subsidies for early childhood education, researching primary education equity gaps, incentivizing public universities to reduce administrative costs, and reforming common core standards to focus on education outcomes rather than testing.

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