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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

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Fewer Wisconsin kids get vaccinations, raising risk of outbreaks

By: - April 27, 2022

Wisconsin is falling behind in children’s vaccinations for a host of illnesses, and the state health department is urging parents and health providers to boost immunizations for kids to make up for lost ground. To draw more attention to the need for more children to get all of their childhood shots, the Wisconsin Department of […]

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Finance committee gives OK to most of state’s plan for extra federal highway money

By: - April 27, 2022

A $283 million boost in federal highway money that Wisconsin is getting from Washington got approval from the Legislature’s budget committee Tuesday, but only after the Republican majority rewrote some of the spending plan for the new funds. The discussion of the measure largely revolved around partisan jabs over credit for the plan and the […]

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Grocery workers’ union joins wave of Starbucks organizing campaigns

By: - April 26, 2022

A second union has organized to represent workers at three Starbucks locations in Wisconsin, all of them in Dane County. The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) reported that it had filed petitions Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold union representation elections at Starbucks outlets in Fitchburg, Monona and Madison.  Employees […]

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COVID-19 cases rise again, tripling in the last month

By: - April 26, 2022

A new COVID-19 surge is underway in Wisconsin, with the average number of new cases per day now three times what it was a month ago. So far, however, hospitalizations have remained low in the aftermath of a massive spike at the beginning of 2022. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), as […]

First step in Marinette PFAS cleanup to begin later this year

By: - April 21, 2022

A system aimed at cleaning so-called “forever chemicals” from groundwater polluted in the state’s largest known PFAS contamination case is expected to be ready to operate sometime this summer. Tyco Fire Products and Johnson Controls Inc. are building the system as part of their response to the contamination from firefighting foam developed, tested and discharged […]

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Advocates pressure Biden administration EPA to tighten rules on coal power

By: - April 21, 2022

Local officials and environmental advocates in Southeast Wisconsin are urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to write tougher standards for emissions from coal-burning power plants. On Thursday, the EPA is holding a public hearing on updating the federal Cross State Air Pollution Rule. All or part of the regulation applies to 26 states, which are […]

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Report: Wisconsin got less money than other states for pandemic relief

By: - April 19, 2022

Wisconsin has received disproportionately less money than most other states from federal pandemic relief programs, according to a new report. It has also spent that money differently — focusing on pandemic economic aid rather than patching up holes in the state budget. The report, produced by the Wisconsin Policy Forum,  says the pandemic funding allocations […]

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Evers releases new plan to expand clean energy in Wisconsin

By: - April 19, 2022

A new state plan issued Tuesday proposes expanding state incentives to use clean energy, funding more projects for generating energy from renewable sources, encouraging more energy efficiency, modernizing buildings and supporting greater use of electric vehicles and other forms of clean transportation. The State of Wisconsin Clean Energy Plan was developed by the Office of Sustainability […]

Advocates use Tax Day to push for progessive tax policy changes

By: - April 19, 2022

Ahead of the midnight deadline Monday for Americans to file their state and federal income tax returns, advocates took the day to highlight how the current tax system favors the wealthy as well as corporate interests. “There’s a whole segment of our society that has largely been shifting the burden onto the rest of us,” […]

Activists mobilize opposition to looser gun laws, back Evers vetoes

By: - April 19, 2022

Activists seeking to curb gun violence believe that gun-related bills that Republican lawmakers passed and Gov. Tony Evers vetoed should become important campaign issues next fall — against the GOP lawmakers who passed them and in support of Evers’ re-election. “We don’t want to get rid of guns — we just want people to use […]

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What if the government filled out your tax form for you?

By: - April 15, 2022

As midnight approaches on Monday, countless Americans will be ready to finally hit the send button on their computers to get their federal and state tax forms on their way to Uncle Sam. They’ll do that after having spent days pulling together receipts and forms,  having shelled out money for computer software to help them […]

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Pollution lawsuit resolutions get lawmakers’ approval, but leave unfinished business

By: - April 14, 2022

State lawmakers approved three legal settlements Wednesday totaling $285,000 with farms in connection with the violation of environmental standards. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) gave its OK to the settlements without debate in a meeting that was adjourned in barely 10 minutes. The absence of drama obscured entrenched partisan conflicts surrounding not just the settlements, […]