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Maritime Policy

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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One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

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How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

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Jones Act lobby sails with dubious job estimates to bolster defense

The numbers keep increasing, even as the “Jones Act industry” declines By Joe Kent and Jonathan Helton The Jones Act lobby constantly claims that the “Jones Act industry” supports 650,000 American jobs, with the implication that repeal of the law or any reform to it would see those jobs vanish.

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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

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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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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 →

One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

Read More →

How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

Read More →

Jones Act lobby sails with dubious job estimates to bolster defense

The numbers keep increasing, even as the “Jones Act industry” declines By Joe Kent and Jonathan Helton The Jones Act lobby constantly claims that the “Jones Act industry” supports 650,000 American jobs, with the implication that repeal of the law or any reform to it would see those jobs vanish.

Read More →

Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

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

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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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