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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

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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

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The Jones Act Strikes Oil

When a law has as broad a reach as the Jones Act does, you’re likely to run into it in some unlikely places. Just a few weeks ago, it was a barrier for New Jersey in getting the road salt it needed to keep highways safe during an unusually tough

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How the Jones Act is Causing Road Woes in New Jersey

Talk to someone on the East Coast right now, and you’re likely to get an extra helping of jealousy over Hawaii’s beautiful weather. That’s because the last week has seen as much as a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey (and throughout the NorthEast and Mid-Atlantic). Road conditions

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The Problematic National Security Rationale for the Jones Act

Recently, an article from Reuters by Jack Kemp looked at the Jones Act and the national security arguments used to defend it.  Those who support amending the Jones Act (including the Grassroot Institute) often note that the Act serves to hamper trade and the free market without ever succeeding in

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Did Matson and Horizon Lines defraud the United States?

By Michael Hansen A federal district court jury is scheduled to decide late next year whether or not the ocean carriers Matson Inc. (MATX) and Horizon Lines Inc. (HRZL) defrauded the United States of America in connection with military cargo shipments they carried in the Hawaii and Guam trades as alleged in a three-year

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Respected maritime authority calls Jones Act an “expensive luxury”

By Michael Hansen The respected authority Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd. in their Container Insight Weekly (WK-46) published November 17, 2013, called the Jones Act “an increasingly expensive luxury” and validated Hawaii Shippers’ Council (HSC)’s estimates that U.S. shipbuilding costs are 4 to 5 times that for building a comparable ship in South Korea or Japan which

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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

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 →

The Jones Act Strikes Oil

When a law has as broad a reach as the Jones Act does, you’re likely to run into it in some unlikely places. Just a few weeks ago, it was a barrier for New Jersey in getting the road salt it needed to keep highways safe during an unusually tough

Read More →

How the Jones Act is Causing Road Woes in New Jersey

Talk to someone on the East Coast right now, and you’re likely to get an extra helping of jealousy over Hawaii’s beautiful weather. That’s because the last week has seen as much as a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey (and throughout the NorthEast and Mid-Atlantic). Road conditions

Read More →

The Problematic National Security Rationale for the Jones Act

Recently, an article from Reuters by Jack Kemp looked at the Jones Act and the national security arguments used to defend it.  Those who support amending the Jones Act (including the Grassroot Institute) often note that the Act serves to hamper trade and the free market without ever succeeding in

Read More →

Did Matson and Horizon Lines defraud the United States?

By Michael Hansen A federal district court jury is scheduled to decide late next year whether or not the ocean carriers Matson Inc. (MATX) and Horizon Lines Inc. (HRZL) defrauded the United States of America in connection with military cargo shipments they carried in the Hawaii and Guam trades as alleged in a three-year

Read More →

Respected maritime authority calls Jones Act an “expensive luxury”

By Michael Hansen The respected authority Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd. in their Container Insight Weekly (WK-46) published November 17, 2013, called the Jones Act “an increasingly expensive luxury” and validated Hawaii Shippers’ Council (HSC)’s estimates that U.S. shipbuilding costs are 4 to 5 times that for building a comparable ship in South Korea or Japan which

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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