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New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

New report shows the failure of Snyder administration to deal with problems with for-profit prison food vendor Aramark

3,707.

That’s how many reported issues were found relating to the for-profit private prison food vendor Aramark in just an 8-month period. A new report from Progress Michigan shows just how widespread the problems were and, just as important, the utter failure of the Snyder administration to correct them.

After reviewing over 25,000 pages of emails between the Department of Corrections and Aramark, Progress Michigan found:

  • 2,945 Food Quality/Facility Sanitation issues
  • 485 Prisoner safety/Facility Security issues
  • 277 Administrative issues

But that’s not all. According to Progress Michigan, “The Department of Corrections failed to address 1,791 of the issues allowing them to become persistent or recurring in Michigan’s prison kitchens.”

Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan, released this statement:

This report shows that the Aramark scandals went way beyond the damning headlines already reported.…
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UPDATED x2: Three big rumors swirling in Michigan involving Todd Courser, Cindy Gamrat, Lon Johnson, and Rick Snyder

UPDATED x2: Three big rumors swirling in Michigan involving Todd Courser, Cindy Gamrat, Lon Johnson, and Rick Snyder

There are an inordinate number of rumors swirling around the state at the moment, all of them unconfirmed. I don’t typically dabble in reporting about rumors but it seems silly to ignore things like this that are being widely talked about in various circles.

The first rumor is probably the biggest potential bombshell if it turns out to be true. It involves Republican tea party state Representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser. According to the rumor mill, the two of them were busted in a tryst at the Lansing Radisson Hotel last March by one of their spouses – supposedly Gamrat’s husband.…

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The day after signing "RFRA for Adoption" bills into law, Gov. Snyder urges state employees to become foster parents

The day after signing “RFRA for Adoption” bills into law, Gov. Snyder urges state employees to become foster parents

The day after Governor Snyder signed a package of bills I call the “RFRA for Adoption” into law, his administration sent out an email to all state employees imploring them to consider becoming foster parents to unadopted Michigan kids. Here’s a screenshot:

They probably realized just how disgustingly ironic it was to ask people to foster kids the day after a new law went into effect making it all that much harder for kids to be adopted because the web version of the email suddenly went missing the same day:

Make no mistake: by signing those bills into law, Gov. Snyder absolutely made it harder for same-sex couples to adopt.…

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Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

Michigan under assault: Gov. Snyder signs bill kicking families off welfare if their kid is truant (and more)

BREAKING: Michigan is breaking

It’s been a tough week in Michigan.

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BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed "RFRA for Adoption" bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed “RFRA for Adoption” bills into law, ACLU to file suit (UPDATED x4)

Despite claims that he doesn’t support the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) for Michigan, Gov. Snyder has signed a package of three bills into law that are accurately described as “RFRA for Adoptions”.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder signs law letting adoption agencies refuse referrals that violate beliefs.

— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) June 11, 2015

By signing the legislation into law, Gov. Snyder is joining his fellow Republicans in saying that children waiting to be adopted are better off without a permanent home than they are with two loving parents of the same gender.

Actions like this are not “progress”.…

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Michigan Republicans pass "license to discriminate in adoptions" legislation, heads to Gov. Snyder's desk

Michigan Republicans pass “license to discriminate in adoptions” legislation, heads to Gov. Snyder’s desk

UPDATE: This post has been updated and the title updated to reflect the new information.

As Amy wrote about earlier today, the Michigan senate was considering a package of bills that will allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT couples when placing children. So-called “sincerely-held religious beliefs”, at least for the bigots among us, include consigning some children to a life in adoptive care because no home at all is, in their minds, better than a home with two loving parents who happen to be the same gender.

Unfortunately, the bills passed the Senate with a 26-12 margin this afternoon clearing the way for them to head to Gov.

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Remember this when Gov. Snyder brags about "the Comeback State": there are fewer workers now than in 2010

Remember this when Gov. Snyder brags about “the Comeback State”: there are fewer workers now than in 2010

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been doing a LOT of bragging this year about how Michigan is the “Comeback State”. The data, he says, “is in”. However, his presentation of the data is flawed and doesn’t tell the entire story. Yes, the number of people employed in Michigan is up since he took office. However, even though Gov. Snyder claims that 400,000 jobs have been created since he came into office, the actual number of available workers in Michigan has plateaued over the past year and is lower now than 2010, the year he was elected. Why? Because many Michiganders have abandoned the work force.…

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The auto industry is winner and still champion of Michigan's economy - no thanks to Gov. Snyder and the GOP

The auto industry is winner and still champion of Michigan’s economy – no thanks to Gov. Snyder and the GOP

The backbone of Michigan’s industrial economy, making cars and trucks, is solid and strong. The current numbers and brisk demand for new vehicles are highlighted in two recent articles HERE and HERE.

The ripple effect of a healthy auto manufacturing sector is apparent in those parts of the state that have auto-related facilities and businesses. All shifts running full bore and Ford’s summer changeover being cut in half because cars are speed-selling.

It can’t be said often enough that the GOP’s candidate for President in 2012, Mitt Romney, said he would have let the auto industry fail. Fact: It was President Obama who laid the ground work for Michigan’s survival and recovery which were underway before Rick Snyder took office in 2011, as pointed out in GOPfriendly 2015 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index.…

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Those "Rivers of Opportunity" Were Flowing Prior to Governor Snyder

Those “Rivers of Opportunity” Were Flowing Prior to Governor Snyder

If you’re on Governor Snyder’s email list you recently received his most recent glitter bomb of self-congratulation. In it he points out that Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped by half from 11.2% in December, 2011, but offers no reasons for this drop. It’s reasonable to assume the drop is primarily related to the increase in auto sales along with the national economy moving at a less sluggish pace. Is this because of GOP policies or Obama’s? If Snyder’s own policies explained any good news he would be touting something specific about that decline in unemployment, something like that mass migration of businesses to Michigan once Right to Work legislation was passed.…

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Despite Aramark privatized prison food scandal, Snyder administration doubles down on privatizing prison services

Despite Aramark privatized prison food scandal, Snyder administration doubles down on privatizing prison services

The privatization of prison food services to the for-profit group Aramark has generated a seemingly endless litany of scandals and more are likely to come as Progress Michigan plows through the results of their exhaustive FOIA request. The scandals so far have been thoroughly documented here at Eclectablog.

Although this collosal failure at privatization would lead most good leaders to abandon the effort, that is decidedly NOT the case with the administration of Rick Snyder. This week, they announced that they will be privatizing state-run prison stores and firing 30 existing employees that do that work now:

About 30 state prison workers have been told they will lose their jobs as the state eliminates regional prison stores in Ionia, Jackson and the Upper Peninsula.…
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