An island crushed by Hurricane Maria lost a lifeline on Sunday. It wasnt lost due to a shortage of funds. It was lost to protectionism, and an inability to recognize that an economys recovery depends on free markets and economic growth.
When the Department of Homeland Security ended Puerto Ricos 10-day waiver from the Jones shipping limitations, it cut off the enormous potential benefits of open access to fuel, building supplies, food and clothing just as it was about to be most productive.
Waiving Puerto Rico from the Jones Act was a good idea, but a limited waiver had limited…

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