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Jones Act Back in the News in Hawaii: Tourism is part of it

Jones Act Back in the News in Hawaii: Tourism is part of it

Almost everything has to be shipped into the State of Hawaii. Travel and Tourism is depending on shipping imports, and the Jones Act is not helping and generates a monopoly when it comes to shipping fees.

In Hawaii the Jones Act is back into the news. The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, DC which was founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974. Cato was established to have a focus on public advocacy, media exposure and societal influence. According to the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), Cato is number 15 in the “Top Think Tanks Worldwide” and number 10 in the “Top Think Tanks in the United States.”

The Cato Institute Web page on the Jones Act reads:
“Since 1920, the Jones Act has mandated that the sea transport of cargo between US ports must be performed by vessels that are US built, US-owned, US flagged, and US-crewed. Justified on national security grounds, the law was meant to ensure a strong maritime sector to bolster US capabilities in times of war or national emergency. These benefits, however, have proven to be illusory. Instead, the Act imposes a very real and ongoing economic burden and survives due to well-connected supporters and to the public being generally unaware of the law and its costs.

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