Your Opinion: Kehoe’s sensible approach to utility infrastructure
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I’ve lived in Mid-Missouri all of my life. One thing I really like about Jefferson City is that we support each other. Local businesses and their owners employ people in our communities. They support charities, schools, veterans and civic groups, and local chambers of commerce. These business owners serve on boards and volunteer their time.
And, no one has been a better leader and example than Mike Kehoe. That is why when I read a recent letter to the editor, “Support Restraints on Utility Fees,” I felt compelled to respond.
In addition to being a leader in our community, Sen. Kehoe has been a leader in the Senate in two vital areas — jobs and infrastructure. His recent legislation is called the Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining Act, or ISRS.
Today, much of the utility infrastructure that serves Missourians is aging, and in need of replacement. A decade ago the gas and water companies were at this same place with their aging infrastructure and the Missouri General Assembly took action, passing this very same ISRS provision for them. Kehoe’s idea to bring the electric companies on par with this tried-and-true policy makes sense. It will create jobs, spur investment and save money for electric customers.
Sen. Kehoe has supported our community, and I support him on this common-sense approach.