Compare The Candidates

You have a choice this November. Compare the differences between Garret and the other candidates -- who will actually represent your values?

Environment and Climate

Garret: NO Kulik: DOUBLE YES

Kulik voted YES to give petrochemicals a multi-billion dollar bailout with HB 1100, then turned around and did it again with another YES vote on HB 732. Garret opposes subsidies and bailouts to oil, gas, petrochemicals. Public spending should go to a Green New Deal to clean up our environment and address climate change, not bailout toxic industry.

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES to roll back important oil and gas regulations that protect our water. Garret opposes this bill's attempt to roll back important regulations that protect our right to clean water. This bill is designed to "revive" the convention oil and gas industry when we should instead be switching to renewable energy to protect our health and the planet.

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES to restrict the ability of the Department of Environmental Protection from implementing carbon limits or joining the RGGI on its own. While Garret is skeptical that a market-based proposal like the RGGI will yield the climate results we want, Garret also believes that this bill was largely about restricting DEP's ability to act against fossil fuel emissions in the future more than anything else. As such, Garret would have opposed this bill. Garret prefers the Green New Deal as the best solution to climate emissions by transitioning our economy away from fossil fuels entirely.

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik is a co-sponsor of this bill. Garret opposes the bill and agrees with a Better Path Coalition analysis that shows Restore PA is a bad idea for our economy, our environment, and our health.

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES on this bill that tries to lump polluting activities like burning plastics into a new category called "advanced recycling". Garret opposes the bill and agrees with a report published by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives showing how harmful the bill is. "The Commonwealth is about to set a horrible precedent by defining plastic combustion as recycling," says Stephanie Wein, a conservation advocate with PennEnvironment. "Plastic and fossil fuel companies see the writing on the wall," she says. "We want to move away from [fossil fuels] and the only way they know they’ll survive is if they give their process a fancy name that will delude policymakers and their constituents."

Garret: YES Kulik: UNKNOWN

Kulik is not co-sponsor of this legislation and has to our knowledge not spoken in favor of the bill. Kulik has however repeatedly spoken of wanting to support more oil and gas development. Garret support a full statewide ban on fracking to end the problem permanently, but already produced leachate would still need to be carefully handled to protect our water. Garret would therefore support this bill to deal with existing leachate properly.

Good Governance and Corruption

Garret: YES Kulik: UNKNOWN

Kulik has not made a statement on this issue, to our knowledge. Garret supports a Gift Ban, although he would like to see even tougher language that bans all lobbyist payments in all circumstances. There's no reason legislators need to take any money from corporations or their lobbyist representatives.

Health and COVID Response

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES to end the COVID-19 emergency and voted YES restrict the governor's emergency powers. Garret opposes the bill's attempts to end the emergency declaration and restrict the response to COVID-19 and future pandemics. Garret believes more should have been done for workers and small business, but that's not a problem with the emergency declaration, that's a problem with the legislature's lack of action.
The Pennsylvania Healthcare Plan Act would create a single payer healthcare system, similar to Medicare for All, but at the state level. While this bill hasn't been introduced this session, in the previous session (2017-2018), Kulik was not a co-sponsor, nor are we aware of her speaking in favor of the bill or single payer healthcare in general. Garret fully believe healthcare is a human right that must be recognized and protected. A single payer healthcare system similar to Medicare for All or the PA Healthcare Plan at the state level is required to protect that right. Garret would co-sponsor and fight for such a plan if elected.

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES to restrict abortion by limiting it to 20 weeks. Kulik has repeatedly described herself as "pro-life" and voted for other legislation to restrict abortion. Garret recognizes womens' right to control their own bodies and make their own medical decisions. Garret does not support any attempt at restricting abortion, and supports expanded birth control options be made available through a single payer healthcare insurance.

Criminal Justice and Policing

Garret: NO Kulik: YES

Kulik voted YES to allow guards to make arrests and issue citations to students, as well as voted YES to arm the guards. Garret does not believe armed security guards or police should be around students or arresting them. Schools need to set up their own methods outside of police and courts to handle disputes; preferably schools should be teaching students restorative justice practices. We must break the school-to-prison pipeline and encourage other methods of conflict resolution than simply calling in the police.

Garret: YES Kulik: UNKNOWN

Kulik has not made a statement on this issue, to our knowledge. Garret supports changing use of force.