An expert with UW-Madison says the pandemic and supply chain disruptions have inflamed an existing workforce housing crisis in the state.

Kurt Paulsen, a professor of urban and regional planning with the university, says the cost of building new housing has risen by 35 percent in the past two years.

“It’s been a slow-burning crisis for the last 20 years, but then you just add on COVID and the supply chain and that just flames everything up,” he told WisconsinEye yesterday during an interview.

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