Insane Lumber Prices Show How Governments Break Economies

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“If, like me, you went to purchase lumber within the past few months for your garden, shelves, or other home projects, you found yourself paying through the nose for materials—or else putting off the work in hopes of lower prices in the future. It’s even worse if you’re a awaiting a new home, since expensive lumber is adding tens of thousands of dollars to the price of building the average house. You can blame pandemic-era lockdowns, tariffs, and other government interventions in the market for much of the pain—and officialdom proposes to make things worse.” (06/09/21)