Tariffs hit home in Finger Lakes

Farmers are battling financial losses. Home builders and home buyers — all are feeling the effect of tariffs. Millions of dollars are planned for school capital projects, but costs may be rising.

This summer, with prime time for big projects at schools across the Rochester and Finger Lakes area taking place, a price jump in aluminum and steel is forcing decisions by school boards and taxpayers about what to do.

Scale back or spend more money?

A slew of market factors are influencing the price of everything from milk to masonry.

President Donald Trump tweeted recently, “Tariffs are the greatest.” The question: What role do tariffs play in rising costs for local projects and goods and what’s at stake?

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