State of Hawaii Archives: on Free Trade


David Ige: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation

What sets Hawaii apart from the rest of the world is that we have the ingenuity, the determination and the heart--values from our island culture--that built this great state. Let me remind you about where we all came from: About how our great grandparents took a far-flung, Pacific outpost and transformed it into the leading provider of sugar in the world, through innovation, new technology and hard work; and how they did the same with pine.

For those old enough to have worked summers in the cannery as teens, you may remember, like I do, the Ginaca machines that could peel and core a pineapple in seconds. That technology allowed Hawaii to completely dominate global markets and transformed the industry. We did not wait for someone to show us how to grow and harvest sugar and pineapple better. We did it ourselves by being innovative and entrepreneurial. As we know, global competition eventually contributed to both of their demise [so Hawaii switched to tourism]

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 23, 2017

John Carroll: America should be a leader in international commerce

Q: What should America's role in the world be?

A: America should be a leader in international commerce. This can only be achieved by creating a climate where doing business in the US makes better sense than doing business elsewhere. Eliminating restrictions such as the Jones Act, and the burdens of excessive regulation and taxation will be at the top of my list of to make this possible.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2016 Hawaii Senate race Jul 29, 2016

Mark Takai: Reject free trade deals that don't protect American jobs

While I would support some free trade deals, I will reject and fight against those that don't strongly protect American jobs. We cannot continue to reward big corporations with special tax breaks even as they ship jobs overseas. I will be an ally of labor, and I will work hard to find common ground where businesses can create jobs and unions can protect workers.
Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com Nov 4, 2014

Colleen Hanabusa: Supports 1920 Jones Act: only US ships HI to West Coast

When large container ships leave China for the U.S., they don't stop in Hawaii to unload cargo bound for that state before continuing to Los Angeles or Seattle. Under a 93-year-old US law, the Jones Act, only US-made, US-flagged ships can deliver goods between US ports. If a Chinese ship stopped in Hawaii to drop-off cargo, and then picked up, say, a load of Hawaiian coffee, it could not unload that coffee in another US port. Chinese-made goods to be sold in Hawaii are routinely unloaded on the West Coast, and then loaded back onto another US ship for the 2,500 mile trip back to the island state.

Passed in 1920 by isolationist lawmakers, the act was meant to protect the nation's shipping industry from foreign competition. Rep. Djou proposed an exemption to allow some foreign vessels to carry cargo between the US & Hawaii. Djou couldn't muster support for the bill. "It went nowhere," he says. Djou lost his reelection bid to Colleen Hanabusa (D), who enthusiastically supports the Jones Act.

Source: Business Week on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Dec 12, 2013

Neil Abercrombie: Allow foreign ships to unload in Hawaii en route to US

When large container ships leave China for the U.S., they don't stop in Hawaii to unload cargo bound for that state before continuing to Los Angeles or Seattle. Under a 93-year-old US law, the Jones Act, only US-made, US-flagged ships can deliver goods between US ports. If a Chinese ship stopped in Hawaii to drop-off cargo, and then picked up, say, a load of Hawaiian coffee, it could not unload that coffee in another US port. Chinese-made goods to be sold in Hawaii are routinely unloaded on the West Coast, and then loaded back onto another US ship for the 2,500 mile trip back to the island state.

Passed in 1920 by isolationist lawmakers, the act was meant to protect the nation's shipping industry from foreign competition. Rep. Djou proposed an exemption to allow some foreign vessels to carry cargo between the US & Hawaii. Djou couldn't muster support for the bill. "It went nowhere," he says. Djou lost his reelection bid to Colleen Hanabusa (D), who enthusiastically supports the Jones Act.

Source: Business Week on 2014 Hawaii Governor race Dec 12, 2013

Brian Schatz: Promote relations and tourism travel from Asia Pacific

Lt. Gov. Schatz serves as the State's point person in promoting positive and beneficial relations with Hawai'i's neighbors in the Asia Pacific. While Lt. Gov. Schatz is interested in all opportunities throughout the region and beyond, he focuses on building growth in tourism and expanding opportunities for partnerships in various economic ventures.

In May, Lt. Gov. Schatz traveled with the Hawai`i Tourism Authority (HTA) to Seoul to demonstrate high level government support to Korean travel industry partners and the airlines, and to promote Hawai'i as an ideal travel and business destination. To complement HTA's aggressive marketing push, the Lieutenant Governor conducted a roundtable discussion while in Seoul with four trade newspapers, briefing their readership in issues ranging from the increase in available flights to the various activities for visitors on all of the islands. He also met with both Asiana Airlines and Korean Airlines to reaffirm Hawai'i's commitment to Korea.

Source: Lt. Gov. official website, ltgov.hawaii.gov Dec 27, 2012

John Carroll: I believe in Free Trade and a balanced budget

Q: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for job creation?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?

A: I believe in Free Trade and maintaining a balanced Federal Budget. I support the above "Yes" checks IF they are affordable and do NOT require tax increases.

Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

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  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
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Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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