Gas customers shouldn’t pay for bonuses to executives

Natural-gas customers shouldn’t have their rates go up to pay for bonuses to utility executives for making more money for stockholders. But $8 million of the $32 million-a-year rate increase requested by Kansas Gas Service would do that. The utility argues that the bonuses help attract top-quality executives, who are then better able to run the company efficiently. But if those executives are making money for stockholders, the stockholders should be the ones paying for the bonuses.