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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

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Jones Act needs an update, and so does the Jones Act fleet

America’s federal Jones Act is old and in dire need of an update. Oceangoing U.S. ships sailing under the auspices of the Jones Act fleet are in a similar condition.  Now 101 years old, the Jones Act technically is Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, and requires

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The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

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Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

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MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

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New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

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Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

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Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

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MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, claimed on the House floor in 2019 that without the Jones Act, Chinese-built

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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

Read More →

Jones Act needs an update, and so does the Jones Act fleet

America’s federal Jones Act is old and in dire need of an update. Oceangoing U.S. ships sailing under the auspices of the Jones Act fleet are in a similar condition.  Now 101 years old, the Jones Act technically is Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, and requires

Read More →

The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

Read More →

Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

Read More →

New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

Read More →

Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, claimed on the House floor in 2019 that without the Jones Act, Chinese-built

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