Aug. 11, 2018
The following story has moved as this week's Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
Rebuilding from natural disasters such as California's wildfires is an expensive ordeal for insurers and homeowners. New tariffs on imported construction material such as lumber, drywall and nails could make it even worse. The president of the California Building Industry Association says the tariffs, which are in retaliation for President Donald Trump's actions against major US trading partners, could add between $15,000 and $20,000 to the cost of building a typical California home. Those who have lost houses in the Northern California wildfires could see prices increase even more, he said. Labor shortages and rising interest rates are among the other key factors driving up rebuilding costs, especially for homeowners with less comprehensive insurance policies. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Geoff Mulvihill. 900 words, photos by 11 a.m.