Decisions for the Governor: Aramark and the Election

Governor Rick Snyder attended the Ionia Free Fair in Mid Michigan Friday answering questions about the state's future with Aramark and his election campaign.

The department of corrections director said overall the state has had a positive experience with Aramark, but the problems of maggots in food and sexual misconduct between Aramark workers and inmates are leading them to reconsider their contract with the company in August.

"Some of those things clearly shouldn't be happening," Snyder said.

80 Aramark workers have been banned from prisons for various infractions since the company took over food services in December.

"I think it's fair to give Aramark an opportunity to right itself," said Dan Heyns, director of the department of corrections. "I don't think it's wise to rush to judgment. Obviously there's been a lot of media attention on it, but I think it's appropriate for me as a director to take some time to make sure we get this right."

The problems with Aramark aren't the only issues on the governor's mind, his competition for re-election Mark Schauer is gaining on him in the polls.

A recent Epic MRI poll showed him within the margin of error at 46% and Schauer at 43%.

The race has tightened by six points, but the governor says he's not worried.

"I'm doing my job," Snyder said. "I'm proud to be governor of Michigan and I'm focused in on being a great governor through the election and hopefully beyond."


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