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News from Progress Michigan

February 18, 2016

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Vet Home Audit Highlights Continued Privatization Failures

Gov. Snyder’s crusade to privatize public services riddled with problems

LANSING — The latest audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans shows that Gov. Rick Snyder’s crusade to privatize public services in Michigan is ineffective and dangerous.

“Privatizing public services just doesn’t work — it’s that simple. We’ve seen that privatization is dangerous, wasteful and ties the public’s hands to hold people accountable,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “From the Aramark debacle to this latest problem in Grand Rapids, Gov. Snyder’s plan to privatize Michigan has been an abject failure. Caring for our veterans and running other public services should not be in the hands of corporations that only value profits. Worse yet, the governor now wants to privatize mental health services. It’s just the latest reminder that Rick Snyder cares more about boosting corporate profits than protecting the health and welfare of the people of Michigan.”


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