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Jones Act

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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The Jones Act vs. the Oil Industry

Perhaps it is the complexity of cabotage laws that has led so many to ignore the ramifications of the Jones Act until its consequences are brought home in a real (and expensive way). After all, we in Hawaii have been among those most disadvantaged by the Jones Act, and many

Read More →

Guam Legislature Passes Jones Act Reform Resolution

By Michael Hansen The Legislature of Guam adopted Tuesday, April 15, 2014, by a decisive twelve to three bipartisan floor vote, Resolution 138-32 (COR) calling on Guam’s Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU-D) to introduce federal legislation exempting the noncontiguous jurisdictions of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act. Although

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Hawaii Jones Act Reform Movement Gets International Attention

The bipartisan push for a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii and other non-contiguous states is starting to receive more attention, both in Hawaii and around the world. Local media outlets like Pacific Business News have carried the story of the growing movement, and an Associated Press account of the effort

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 →

The Jones Act vs. the Oil Industry

Perhaps it is the complexity of cabotage laws that has led so many to ignore the ramifications of the Jones Act until its consequences are brought home in a real (and expensive way). After all, we in Hawaii have been among those most disadvantaged by the Jones Act, and many

Read More →

Guam Legislature Passes Jones Act Reform Resolution

By Michael Hansen The Legislature of Guam adopted Tuesday, April 15, 2014, by a decisive twelve to three bipartisan floor vote, Resolution 138-32 (COR) calling on Guam’s Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU-D) to introduce federal legislation exempting the noncontiguous jurisdictions of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act. Although

Read More →

Hawaii Jones Act Reform Movement Gets International Attention

The bipartisan push for a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii and other non-contiguous states is starting to receive more attention, both in Hawaii and around the world. Local media outlets like Pacific Business News have carried the story of the growing movement, and an Associated Press account of the effort

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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