The slimy scandals just don't stop with Rick Snyder around. But this latest atrocity is guaranteed to turn your stomachs. I know it did those of many Michigan prisoners. So I warn you in advance, don't read this if you've recently eaten.
One of the things that Rick Snyder did when he took office was to privatize food services at Michigan prisons. To this end, last year, he hired an out-of-state company called Aramark, which was an obvious mistake right from the word go, because Aramark has a very bad track record. In Florida, they found that Aramark had overbilled them, and in Kentucky, they found that Aramark withheld food, and had problems with food safety, and again, overbilled the state. Both states cancelled their contracts with Aramark. So naturally, Snyder brought them to Michigan, firing 373 Michigan workers in the process. And even more naturally, Aramark's horrid track record continued here.
Prisoners were getting sick, the food quality was poor, and we even had maggots (you read right, MAGGOTS
) found near the food. And as if that wasn't bad enough, Aramark employees were smuggling illegal drugs into prisons, having illicit relations with the prisoners, and there's even a story about the Michigan State Police suspecting an Aramark food service worker conspiring with a prisoner to kill another prisoner.
So what does Snyder do? Does he cancel the contract?
No, of course not! He instead fined Aramark $98,000...a fine that he subsequently cancelled because it was too harsh! Later on, he was pressured into fining them $200,000. Which might seem like a lot...until you realize that Aramark's contract with Michigan is getting them $145,000,000. That fine is less than 1% of the money they're gouging from Michigan!
For those of you with strong enough stomachs, here's more links regarding this later Snyder atrocity. www.democracy-tree.com/snyder-… www.progressmichigan.org/2014/… markschauer.com/schauer-aramar… michiganradio.org/post/snyder-… www.mlive.com/lansing-news/ind… www.mlive.com/lansing-news/ind… www.freep.com/article/20140912… michiganradio.org/post/governo… www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iYFwf…
Sigh...here's hoping this latest scandal sinks Snyder. We simply have to get rid of him, and fast!