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As awareness of Jones Act grows, so does support for repeal, reform

A new Hawaii Business magazine survey echoes prior polls showing the 1920 maritime law fares best when operating in the shadows A new survey commissioned by Hawaii Business magazine shows more people in Hawaii know about the Jones Act than two years ago, and among those who know, most would like

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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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PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

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Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

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How the Jones Act transfers critical industry and jobs overseas

A Washington Times article claims the 1920 law is “pro-American,” but with friends like the Jones Act, who needs enemies? It is a popular misconception that the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act supports American industry and jobs. A recent commentary in the Washington Times, for example, was

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How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

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As awareness of Jones Act grows, so does support for repeal, reform

A new Hawaii Business magazine survey echoes prior polls showing the 1920 maritime law fares best when operating in the shadows A new survey commissioned by Hawaii Business magazine shows more people in Hawaii know about the Jones Act than two years ago, and among those who know, most would like

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 →

PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

Read More →

Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

Read More →

One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

Read More →

How the Jones Act transfers critical industry and jobs overseas

A Washington Times article claims the 1920 law is “pro-American,” but with friends like the Jones Act, who needs enemies? It is a popular misconception that the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act supports American industry and jobs. A recent commentary in the Washington Times, for example, was

Read More →

How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

Read More →