Pull Quote: Schreiber reported that while the House is waiting for bills from the Senate, he has been gathering information on issues such as expanding broadband access, low salaries for Kansas judges and high energy rates, especially for electricity.

A former Westar executive, Schreiber shared his insight into why Kansas has higher electricity rates then neighboring states. According to a study by the Kansas Corporation Commission, new construction is the main culprit. High voltage transmission lines and new energy centers such as the one built in Emporia a few years ago “are still being paid for by consumers,” he said.

“It’s true that we have higher rates than our neighbors, but most of what caused those increases, that construction, is mostly completed now. Other states will begin seeing those same costs soon as well [as existing facilities age] and their rates will have to increase.”