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Utah House District 52

The Utah House of Representatives is comprised of 75 men and women, each representing different areas of the state, elected to two-year terms.

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  • Candice B. Pierucci
    (Rep)

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    Catherine Voutaz
    (Dem)

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Utah continues to be one of only 11 states with no limit on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political campaign, and one of only 5 states with no limits on what a corporation can contribute. Do you favor any limits on donations to political campaigns? Why or why not?

What is the legislature’s role in addressing the homeless problem and assuring affordable housing for the working poor?

Not all school districts are able to provide the same resources for their students. How should we support school districts with lesser ability (primarily because of lower property values) to raise revenue?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your position.

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Campaign Mailing Address 5864 W Autumn Dusk Cv
Herriman, UT 84096
Campaign Email Address voutazcatherine@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 613-2712
Education Accounting B.S., Weber State University MPACC Program and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
Campaign Website www.voutaz2020.com
I would like to see limits on PAC and large contributor donations. Limits would allow broader access for under represented classes of individuals who would like to engage in the political process and become a candidate for office. Candidates should abide by reasonable spending limits and thus create a equitable political election playing field.
Here are the goals I would like to see the Utah legislature adopt: 1. Foster coordination and streamline multiple governmental agencies to coordinate services for homeless persons including unemployment, programs for youth, vulnerable populations, people with disabilities, immigrants, people previously incarcerated, and families. 2. Work with the governor, county officials, local cities and other organizations to create and maintain focus on addressing homelessness. 3. Address healthcare access for homeless persons. 4. Maintain programs for runaway and homeless youth. 5. Address zoning allowing further affordable housing unit development across Utah. 6. Ensure transportation, including Trax, is available throughout the Salt Lake Valley allowing those who live away from job centers to be able to commute easily. 7. Encourage telework and expand broadband access allowing more people access to more employment opportunities.

Addressing Education is of primary importance. Since school funding is a blend of federal, state and local dollars, we need to explore equalization options including foundation and guaranteed tax base models. I'd like to see some centralized school finance system. The state should assign a standard property tax rate across multiple districts to generate revenues and guarantee each district receives a basic allocation per student. Then used in connection with publicly funded grants for education programs and bonding for public school buildings, we should be able properly fund the overall cost needed for programs and infrastructure. We also need to get more dollars into the classroom, from the income tax side this means looking at class sizes and increasing the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) overall.
Utah uses the word "enjoy", but this is not protect of equal rights. An amendment guaranteeing equal rights to women would extend protection against sex inequality well beyond that which is currently provided for. It would also address pay inequity, violence against women, employers’ failures to accommodate pregnancy and combat sex-based stereo types impacting daily life. Women are now more visible than at any other time in our nation’s history and they enjoy more rights than ever. And, while some state legislatures have had significant success broadening equality protections, these actions are not a replacement for an amendment. Laws addressing women’s rights, sex discrimination, sexual assault, and gender based harassment are vulnerable because these laws can be overturned with a simple legislative majority vote.