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“No More Jones Act in Puerto Rico!” …..#PuertoRico
For over a year – in this web site, in Latino Rebels, on ABC TV, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera TV, New York 1, and NPR Radio – I have been arguing for terminating the Jones Act (aka the Cabotage Law) in Puerto Rico. In other words, the island must no longerbe prohibited from developing its own shipping industry.
The New York Times agreed with me. As a main policy recommendation in their editorial “Puerto Rico Needs Debt Relief,” the Times editorial board declared:
“Lawmakers should allow non-American ships to carry goods between the island and the mainland, which is prohibited by the Jones Act of 1920 to protect the domestic shipping industry. That will lower shipping costs to Puerto Rico, including those for oil and natural gas, an important consideration for an island economy.”
The desperate need for Jones Act reform was affirmed in the recent Krueger Report…
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