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Snyder: Budget cuts not to blame for prison escape

Rick Snyder, the Republican governor of Michigan, listens to a question during an interview in New York, November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon S
Rick Snyder, the Republican governor of Michigan, listens to a question during an interview in New York, November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon S

GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- Union officials representing prison workers in Michigan are blaming budget cuts and privatization of services in state prisons for contributing to the escape of a convicted killer in Ionia.  Michael Elliot was caught nearly 24-hours after breaking free while wearing a white prison kitchen worker's uniform.

During a reelection campaign stop in Grand Rapids Monday, Governor Snyder downplayed the allegations from the unions and promised a full investigation into the escape.  He added he does not believe privatizing the kitchen staffs at prisons played a role in Elliot's escape.

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