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New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

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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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Coalitions critical if we hope to reform the Jones Act

Webinar panelists were, from left, Bob Gunter, Bethany Marcum, Rafael Velez and Colin Grabow. “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy’s position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.” ~ Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.”

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Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

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Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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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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Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

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China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not

Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go One of the great disconnects of the Jones Act is that it requires vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports to be U.S.-built, but it doesn’t say anything

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Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a problem,

Read More →

New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

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 →

Coalitions critical if we hope to reform the Jones Act

Webinar panelists were, from left, Bob Gunter, Bethany Marcum, Rafael Velez and Colin Grabow. “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy’s position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.” ~ Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.”

Read More →

Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

Read More →

Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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 →

Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

Read More →

China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not

Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go One of the great disconnects of the Jones Act is that it requires vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports to be U.S.-built, but it doesn’t say anything

Read More →

Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a problem,

Read More →