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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping

The territory’s unique exemption from the U.S.-build requirement of the Jones Act should be applied to the entire U.S. to help boost competition and lower costs For years, Jones Act reform advocates have been urging that American shipping companies be allowed to transport goods from one U.S. port to another

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How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

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Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

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Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

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Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

Read More →

Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping

The territory’s unique exemption from the U.S.-build requirement of the Jones Act should be applied to the entire U.S. to help boost competition and lower costs For years, Jones Act reform advocates have been urging that American shipping companies be allowed to transport goods from one U.S. port to another

Read More →

How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

Read More →

Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

Read More →

Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

Read More →

Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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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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