To The Editor:

Imagine if you could only drive your car on roads built to accommodate horse-drawn carriages.

That’s what it’s like for Missouri’s electric utilities, which must power the modern world while being governed by regulations created a century ago.

As a result, utilities lack the flexibility and resources to invest in new energy infrastructure.

This has happened all across the country — which is why it’s no surprise that the respected American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a new report card that gives the United States a dismal D+ grade for energy infrastructure.

But Missouri’s neighboring states have recognized the problem and are working to correct it by modernizing their rules and regulations.

In Jefferson City, Sen. Mike Kehoe and Rep. Jeannie Riddle are leading the fight by proposing ISRS (Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining) legislation, which, if passed, will spur investment and give us the tools necessary to attract high-paying, 21st century jobs.

The ASCE report lays out the stakes — the time to act is now.