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Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S.

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Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

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MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

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Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

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Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

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Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

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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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Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S.

Read More →

Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

Read More →

Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

Read More →

Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

Read More →

Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

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 →