MTPR

National Association of Homebuilders

Hans McPherson at his ranch in the Bitterroot Valley.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

A new federal rule that would roll back Clean Water Act protections across the country opened for public comment last week. If finalized, the rule would abandon enhanced protections the Obama administration proposed for a large portion of Montana’s stream mileage and wetlands.

We’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. Looking first at the market for new homes, they’re getting more expensive.

"The tariff combined with natural disaster just made the cost of lumber rise sharply,” says Ryan Frey, the president of the Missoula Building Industry Association.

The tariff he’s talking about is a 20-percent tariff on Canadian softwood imposed by President Trump last December.