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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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Outsiders set new political spending record, focusing mainly on governor’s race

By: - December 5, 2022

Outside groups spent a record $93 million on Wisconsin’s elections for state offices in 2022 — 50% more than in 2018 and two-and-half times the amount for 2014, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Monday. The campaign finance watchdog group said its preliminary calculations showed that almost $79 million — more than 80% of the outside […]

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Company may install, lease solar panels without being a utility, PSC rules

By: - December 2, 2022

A Stevens Point family can lease a solar panel array for their home from a private contractor and the contractor won’t be regulated as an electric utility, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decided Thursday. PSC members voted 2-1 to issue a legal ruling that will declare that the contractor’s plan to install, own and […]

Vos gives Jan. 6 committee testimony, reversing course after having sued to block subpoena

By: - December 1, 2022

After initially going to federal court to fight a subpoena from the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos gave testimony to committee members Wednesday. “Today I met with the January 6th Select Committee after previously receiving a subpoena for my testimony. I did not have […]

Report: Public development subsidy deals should guarantee better jobs, working conditions

By: - November 29, 2022

A proposed development that would bring a new soccer stadium to downtown Milwaukee should include guarantees of good wages and a path to union representation for workers in the stadium district in return for public subsidies, a new report recommends. The report, “Worker Power Levels the Playing Field,” was released Tuesday by COWS, a think […]

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Despite union’s setback, leader says UW Health nurses now have stronger voice

By: - November 29, 2022

While the nurses seeking union representation at UW Health have lost a round in the legal skirmish, a union leader said Monday they have  made significant advances in gaining a voice with the hospital system’s management. Under an agreement reached in September between UW Health management and the nurses’ union, hospital managers and UW Health […]

Gov. Tony Evers signs the 2021-23 biennial budget at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, after making 50 partial vetoes (screenshot | Gov. Evers Facebook video)

Evers administration projects state surplus to hit $6.5B by next June

By: - November 22, 2022

The projected surplus that has been growing steadily since the current state budget was enacted nearly a year and a half ago has grown some more to a forecast of more than $6.5 billion, Gov. Tony Evers’ administration reported Monday. “The fiscal condition of the State of Wisconsin is in its strongest position in state […]

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State’s school libraries to reap record payout from public lands investments

By: - November 18, 2022

Wisconsin public school libraries will share in $52 million next year from the state’s Common School Fund, paid for with investments by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, who leaves office at the end of this year, and State Superintendent Jill Underly announced the record payout to the fund for […]

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Growth in jobs, employment takes a break in October for Wisconsin

By: - November 18, 2022

Wisconsin had almost 59,000 more jobs in October than a year earlier, according to the state labor department, but job numbers crept down slightly from September. The state’s unemployment rate inched up for the month, while labor force participation inched down, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported. Department labor economists said they couldn’t […]

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How Wisconsin steered federal pandemic relief to support small business

By: - November 18, 2022

When COVID-19 hit Wisconsin in March 2020, Amy Trimbo was operating a sewing services business doing garment repairs out of a storefront in Washburn. She pivoted to making cloth face masks in response to the pandemic.  Soon she needed to expand and moved into vacant space in the building. It was a dicey time for […]

Backlog prompts proposals to change occupational licensing, but not to add resources

By: - November 16, 2022

State lawmakers are considering a dozen potential bills to overhaul portions of Wisconsin’s occupational licensing process — a response to reports of lengthy delays at the agency responsible for credentialing thousands of professionals from barbers to medical doctors. Since July a joint legislative study committee has been reviewing the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional […]

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Report finds hospital charity care declined, medical debt rose in 2021

By: - November 15, 2022

Hospital charity care declined in 2021 while medical debt increased, according to figures from a hospital trade association. A Wisconsin Hospital Association executive says hospitals are already trying their best to provide relief for patients who can’t afford their health care bills. An advocacy group for low- and moderate-income patients, however, argues that hospitals could […]

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Critics challenge latest DOT plan for Milwaukee East-West freeway reconstruction

By: - November 14, 2022

Wisconsin is sticking with a plan to widen Interstate 94 on the West Side of Milwaukee to eight lanes, prompting renewed criticism from environmental and mass transit advocates. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced its new plan Friday for the Milwaukee East-West corridor of I-94 between 16th and 70th streets west of downtown Milwaukee. […]