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New England joins Hawaii, Puerto Rico as Jones Act victim

The following article was first published Sept. 27, 2022, by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in New Hampshire. The original headline was “How a protectionist shipping law could leave New England out in the cold.” ____________ Will New England have enough fuel this winter? The region’s six governors

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Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver

Photos by Charley Myers Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels With inflation at a 40-year high and per-gallon gasoline prices averaging $4.44 a gallon nationally and $5.60 in Hawaii,[1] politicians, business owners and the public

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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai

You probably have heard that the Jones Act ensures Hawaii’s “shipping security,” regardless of whatever else might be going on in the world.[1] This isn’t true. Most recently, Jones Act supporters have tried to buttress their “shipping security” claim by pointing to the recent port congestion along the U.S. West

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Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

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New England joins Hawaii, Puerto Rico as Jones Act victim

The following article was first published Sept. 27, 2022, by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in New Hampshire. The original headline was “How a protectionist shipping law could leave New England out in the cold.” ____________ Will New England have enough fuel this winter? The region’s six governors

Read More →

Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver

Photos by Charley Myers Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels With inflation at a 40-year high and per-gallon gasoline prices averaging $4.44 a gallon nationally and $5.60 in Hawaii,[1] politicians, business owners and the public

Read More →

Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

Read More →

‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai

You probably have heard that the Jones Act ensures Hawaii’s “shipping security,” regardless of whatever else might be going on in the world.[1] This isn’t true. Most recently, Jones Act supporters have tried to buttress their “shipping security” claim by pointing to the recent port congestion along the U.S. West

Read More →

Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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