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Jones Act

‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’

Legislators often talk about having a historic year when in fact they didn’t really do much of anything — but Hawaii’s legislative session this year truly was, according to Ted Kefalas, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s director of strategic campaigns. Kefalas was referring mainly to the Legislature’s unanimous approval of HB2024,

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Criticism of costly Jones Act becoming more common

Almost every day, there are articles and studies being published that illustrate why this protectionist maritime law needs to be updated Public sentiment has been growing nationwide for reform of the Jones Act, which has been a drag on Hawaii’s economy since before Hawaii was a state. The 1920 federal

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Jones Act beneficiaries schizophrenic about China

Carriers such as Matson and Pasha say the Jones Act is a “line of defense” against China, yet are happy to do business with China when it suits them By Mark Coleman and Melissa Newsham Jones Act supporters have long been on shaky ground in claiming that the protectionist federal

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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

Read More →

‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’

Legislators often talk about having a historic year when in fact they didn’t really do much of anything — but Hawaii’s legislative session this year truly was, according to Ted Kefalas, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s director of strategic campaigns. Kefalas was referring mainly to the Legislature’s unanimous approval of HB2024,

Read More →

Criticism of costly Jones Act becoming more common

Almost every day, there are articles and studies being published that illustrate why this protectionist maritime law needs to be updated Public sentiment has been growing nationwide for reform of the Jones Act, which has been a drag on Hawaii’s economy since before Hawaii was a state. The 1920 federal

Read More →

Jones Act beneficiaries schizophrenic about China

Carriers such as Matson and Pasha say the Jones Act is a “line of defense” against China, yet are happy to do business with China when it suits them By Mark Coleman and Melissa Newsham Jones Act supporters have long been on shaky ground in claiming that the protectionist federal

Read More →

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 →