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CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY CHAIRMAN COMMENDS GOV. ENGLER'S EDUCATION PROPOSAL

 JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company Chairman William T. McCormick Jr. today commended Gov. John Engler's education proposal as "bold and badly needed reform" for the public schools of Michigan. He said the plan should better position Michigan to compete in a global economy.
 "The governor deserves high praise and support for his leadership on this critically important issue," McCormick stated. "The reforms he has proposed will help ensure that Michigan's children will be better prepared for tomorrow's more demanding jobs and that they won't have to leave home to find them."
 McCormick said the governor's plan will improve the quality of education in Michigan and make the system more equitable to students across the state. Equally important, the financing mechanism will be more conducive to economic growth. "The mix of taxes proposed by the governor will create a more fairly funded system that won't disproportionately burden businesses operating in our state," he said.
 The chairman noted that Consumers Power has a long history of supporting public education in Michigan. Its Educational Services Program has provided educational materials to school districts for decades; many local headquarters have partnership programs with nearby schools; a number of employees serve on local school boards and educational advisory committees; and the company is currently working on an education pilot project involving several school systems around the state.
 "It is my hope that the plan put forth by Gov. Engler will be seen for what it is: a broad-based initiative to finally solve one of Michigan's thorniest problems. If we can reach agreement on what's best for our state's school systems, we can then move forward to achieve the world-class educational system envisioned by Gov. Engler," said McCormick.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving six million of the state's nine and one-half million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis, News and Information, Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
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