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Jones Act

Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

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The Garden Island Embraces Jones Act Reform

We have reached an important point in the movement for Jones Act reform. The old arguments in favor of the Act are no longer persuasive in light of the overwhelming evidence that it raises the cost of living and doing business in Hawaii. With strong political interests in favor of maintaining

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McCain Challenges Jones Act Build and Ownership Requirements

U.S. Senator John S McCain (R-AZ) filed with the Secretary of the Senate on January 13, 2015, an amendment (SA 4) to the Senate version of The Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Sen McCain’s amendment would eliminate the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws

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Trade Talks, the Jones Act, and the International Cost of Protectionism

by Gaetano Venezia For years now, the US has been involved in two important trade talks: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both seek to provide new market access, expand existing markets, and provide regulatory transparency and consistency among European and Asia-Pacific markets. Many

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Hawaii GOP Pledges Jones Act Reform

The Hawaii Republican Party meeting in convention on May 17, 2014, adopted eight platform resolutions including one calling for Jones Act reform that would exempt the noncontiguous trades – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico – from the domestic ship build requirement. The Jones Act is a federal cabotage law enacted as

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The Jones Act and Crude Oil

With the recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force and the push to persuade Gov. Abercrombie to work towards a Jones Act exemption, we might have finally found the Act’s Achilles heel …oil. It may be  frustrating that the other economic woes the Act causes Hawaii’s citizens don’t have quite the

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Senator Slom calls out the Governor on the Jones Act

A note from the Grassroot Institute: For years, Senator Sam Slom has been part of the small, but vocal group pushing for Jones Act reform. Along with groups like the Hawaii Shippers Council and the Grassroot Institute, Sen. Slom has pointed out the economic costs of the Jones Act in

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Want energy independence? Waive the Jones Act

(Grassroot Institute Note: The unsustainability of the Jones Act is becoming more and more apparent as it runs headlong into the energy debate. This article from AEI scholar Mark Perry is especially interesting in light of the recent recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force that the state seek a

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Hawaii Refinery Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption

The Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its Hawaii Refinery Task Force Final Report on April 28, 2014.  The report recommends, among other things, the State seek a Jones Act exemption to prepare for permanent closure of the State’s two small petroleum oil refineries. Hawaii Governor Neil

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Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

Read More →

The Garden Island Embraces Jones Act Reform

We have reached an important point in the movement for Jones Act reform. The old arguments in favor of the Act are no longer persuasive in light of the overwhelming evidence that it raises the cost of living and doing business in Hawaii. With strong political interests in favor of maintaining

Read More →

McCain Challenges Jones Act Build and Ownership Requirements

U.S. Senator John S McCain (R-AZ) filed with the Secretary of the Senate on January 13, 2015, an amendment (SA 4) to the Senate version of The Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Sen McCain’s amendment would eliminate the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws

Read More →

Trade Talks, the Jones Act, and the International Cost of Protectionism

by Gaetano Venezia For years now, the US has been involved in two important trade talks: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both seek to provide new market access, expand existing markets, and provide regulatory transparency and consistency among European and Asia-Pacific markets. Many

Read More →

Hawaii GOP Pledges Jones Act Reform

The Hawaii Republican Party meeting in convention on May 17, 2014, adopted eight platform resolutions including one calling for Jones Act reform that would exempt the noncontiguous trades – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico – from the domestic ship build requirement. The Jones Act is a federal cabotage law enacted as

Read More →

The Jones Act and Crude Oil

With the recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force and the push to persuade Gov. Abercrombie to work towards a Jones Act exemption, we might have finally found the Act’s Achilles heel …oil. It may be  frustrating that the other economic woes the Act causes Hawaii’s citizens don’t have quite the

Read More →

Senator Slom calls out the Governor on the Jones Act

A note from the Grassroot Institute: For years, Senator Sam Slom has been part of the small, but vocal group pushing for Jones Act reform. Along with groups like the Hawaii Shippers Council and the Grassroot Institute, Sen. Slom has pointed out the economic costs of the Jones Act in

Read More →

Want energy independence? Waive the Jones Act

(Grassroot Institute Note: The unsustainability of the Jones Act is becoming more and more apparent as it runs headlong into the energy debate. This article from AEI scholar Mark Perry is especially interesting in light of the recent recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force that the state seek a

Read More →

Hawaii Refinery Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption

The Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its Hawaii Refinery Task Force Final Report on April 28, 2014.  The report recommends, among other things, the State seek a Jones Act exemption to prepare for permanent closure of the State’s two small petroleum oil refineries. Hawaii Governor Neil

Read More →