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The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

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Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

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MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

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New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

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Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

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Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

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U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

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MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, claimed on the House floor in 2019 that without the Jones Act, Chinese-built

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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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The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

Read More →

Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

Read More →

New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

Read More →

Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

Read More →

U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, claimed on the House floor in 2019 that without the Jones Act, Chinese-built

Read More →

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 →