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Letter to President Biden: Grant Jones Act waiver to Puerto Rico

Sept. 27, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s destruction, and on behalf of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, I ask that you grant Puerto Rico a

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How the Jones Act affects Puerto Rico; ‘the uncanny parallels’ with Hawaii

Hawaii and Puerto Rico share many similarities. Among those is the devastating effect on island economies of the Jones Act, which prohibits international vessels from carrying cargo between U.S. ports. “There are some uncanny parallels between Puerto Rico and Hawaii,” Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina said during the

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As awareness of Jones Act grows, so does support for repeal, reform

A new Hawaii Business magazine survey echoes prior polls showing the 1920 maritime law fares best when operating in the shadows A new survey commissioned by Hawaii Business magazine shows more people in Hawaii know about the Jones Act than two years ago, and among those who know, most would like

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Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver

Photos by Charley Myers Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels With inflation at a 40-year high and per-gallon gasoline prices averaging $4.44 a gallon nationally and $5.60 in Hawaii,[1] politicians, business owners and the public

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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

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Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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Letter to President Biden: Grant Jones Act waiver to Puerto Rico

Sept. 27, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s destruction, and on behalf of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, I ask that you grant Puerto Rico a

Read More →

How the Jones Act affects Puerto Rico; ‘the uncanny parallels’ with Hawaii

Hawaii and Puerto Rico share many similarities. Among those is the devastating effect on island economies of the Jones Act, which prohibits international vessels from carrying cargo between U.S. ports. “There are some uncanny parallels between Puerto Rico and Hawaii,” Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina said during the

Read More →

As awareness of Jones Act grows, so does support for repeal, reform

A new Hawaii Business magazine survey echoes prior polls showing the 1920 maritime law fares best when operating in the shadows A new survey commissioned by Hawaii Business magazine shows more people in Hawaii know about the Jones Act than two years ago, and among those who know, most would like

Read More →

Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver

Photos by Charley Myers Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels With inflation at a 40-year high and per-gallon gasoline prices averaging $4.44 a gallon nationally and $5.60 in Hawaii,[1] politicians, business owners and the public

Read More →

Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

Read More →

PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

Read More →

Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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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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