The Jones Act

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Sam’s Take

It is time to amend or ultimately repeal the Jones Act, the law responsible for raising the cost of shipping to places like Hawaiʻi. It has proven to make the costs of living and operating businesses much more expensive because of the Jones Act. I have been pushing to fix this problem for years, even organizing a group including members from Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaiʻi, all of whom are negatively affected by the Jones Act. The elimination or modification of this act would reduce shipping costs to Hawaiʻi’s consumers by more than 30% by allowing foreign ships to port in Hawai`i. When I return to the State Senate, I will continue in this fight to end the burden imposed on residents of Hawaiʻi by the Jones Act. My office has produced independent research on the Jones Act and several years ago we developed an educational and informative history of the Jones Act so that anyone in Hawaiʻi can understand it.

“When I return to the State Senate, I will continue in this fight to end the burden imposed on residents of Hawaiʻi by the Jones Act.”