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Guam congressional candidates united in backing Jones Act reform

From left, Amanda Shelton, Michael San Nicolas, Ken Leon Guerrero and Ginger Cruz. At a forum presented by the University of Guam, the candidates differed on many issues, but the Jones Act wasn’t one of them Just as in Hawaii, the economic problems caused by the 1920 federal Jones Act

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CNBC report notes how Jones Act leads to higher Matson shipping prices

Higher prices for smaller U.S.-built ships is a losing combination for captive consumers in Hawaii and throughout the nation CNBC’s “Money Report” featured an analysis yesterday that described well the bind that the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act has created for customers of U.S. shipping companies such

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Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

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Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

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As new year dawns, old maritime law still a problem

The outdated Jones Act is blamed for increasing East Coast fuel costs, killing a massive wind farm project and crippling LNG tranport In 2020, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commissioned a study that found the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act costs Hawaii about $1.2 billion a year,

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India abolishes its ‘Jones Act,’ could be role model for U.S.

India has abolished its equivalent of the Jones Act — America’s 1920 U.S. maritime law that prohibits foreign shipping competition between U.S. ports and adds to American business and consumer costs. According to news sources such as Splash 24/7 and the India-based National Herald, leading government officials in the world’s

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Hawaii’s internet future depends on existing Jones Act exemption

Above, the Normand Clipper, built in 2001 and owned by Global Marine Systems of the United Kingdom, which installs and maintains undersea fiber-optic cables around the globe. _______________ If you would like to prevent Hawaiian Telcom from upgrading Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure under a recently awarded $37 million federal grant, you

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Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

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Guam congressional candidates united in backing Jones Act reform

From left, Amanda Shelton, Michael San Nicolas, Ken Leon Guerrero and Ginger Cruz. At a forum presented by the University of Guam, the candidates differed on many issues, but the Jones Act wasn’t one of them Just as in Hawaii, the economic problems caused by the 1920 federal Jones Act

Read More →

CNBC report notes how Jones Act leads to higher Matson shipping prices

Higher prices for smaller U.S.-built ships is a losing combination for captive consumers in Hawaii and throughout the nation CNBC’s “Money Report” featured an analysis yesterday that described well the bind that the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act has created for customers of U.S. shipping companies such

Read More →

Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

Read More →

Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

Read More →

As new year dawns, old maritime law still a problem

The outdated Jones Act is blamed for increasing East Coast fuel costs, killing a massive wind farm project and crippling LNG tranport In 2020, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commissioned a study that found the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act costs Hawaii about $1.2 billion a year,

Read More →

India abolishes its ‘Jones Act,’ could be role model for U.S.

India has abolished its equivalent of the Jones Act — America’s 1920 U.S. maritime law that prohibits foreign shipping competition between U.S. ports and adds to American business and consumer costs. According to news sources such as Splash 24/7 and the India-based National Herald, leading government officials in the world’s

Read More →

Hawaii’s internet future depends on existing Jones Act exemption

Above, the Normand Clipper, built in 2001 and owned by Global Marine Systems of the United Kingdom, which installs and maintains undersea fiber-optic cables around the globe. _______________ If you would like to prevent Hawaiian Telcom from upgrading Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure under a recently awarded $37 million federal grant, you

Read More →

Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

Read More →