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Laclede Gas Supports Governor Blunt's Funding of State's Utilicare Program

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    ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Laclede Gas Company announced today
 that it strongly supports Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's decision to seek
 $6.4 million in state funding for Utilicare, the state's program to help
 low-income, disabled and elderly Missourians pay their winter heating
 bills, and to appropriate $5.2 million in existing funds to crisis energy
     "I am pleased that Governor Blunt has proposed to fully fund the
 Utilicare program for the third year in a row, and redirect existing funds
 to provide crisis energy assistance to the state's most vulnerable
 customers," said Douglas H. Yaeger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive
 Officer of Laclede Gas. "We believe that such funding is extremely helpful
 and will provide a valuable complement to our own existing programs for
 aiding customers who need assistance with their utility bills, including
 our low-income energy assistance and low-income weatherization programs. We
 want to thank our customers as well for their continuing and generous
 contributions to the Dollar-Help program that also provides invaluable help
 to our most needy customers."
     Eligible customers can sign up for Utilicare and Low Income Home Energy
 Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assistance through local community action
 agencies. LIHEAP is a federal program with allocations made to states to
 assist with utility costs, while Utilicare is authorized by state statute.
     Laclede Gas is Missouri's largest natural gas distribution company,
 serving customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern

SOURCE Laclede Gas Company

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