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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Senior Reporter 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.

Father of man killed by police in 2004 accuses prosecutor in emails to lawmakers 

By: - July 20, 2021

The father of a man killed by Kenosha police nearly 17 years ago is continuing his campaign to reexamine the case, now seeking to draw the Kenosha County District Attorney into his allegations of a police cover-up. On Monday, Michael M. Bell sent an email message to all Wisconsin legislators, as well as a number […]

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Still fighting for $15

By: - July 19, 2021

Years ago when he was working for the discount retailer Kmart, Gary Lemke saw the cost of low wages: high employee turnover. Lemke estimates as many as half the workers would leave in a year.  That meant more than just having to hire and train new people. He is convinced it harmed the bottom line. […]

Health officials link salmonella outbreak to packaged greens

By: - July 17, 2021

An outbreak of salmonella traced to pre-packaged salad from a producer in Illinois has sickened four people in Wisconsin and five in Illinois, state health officials reported Friday. One person has been hospitalized due to the food-borne bacterial illness, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). In a press release, DHS said the […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

By: and - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting Thursday and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes in […]

Bid for Verso Paper could stall proposal to buy closed Wisconsin Rapids mill

By: - July 15, 2021

A preliminary offer to buy out Verso Paper has brought new uncertainty to an effort by timber-industry businesses that have formed a cooperative to buy Verso’s shuttered Wisconsin Rapids plant and reopen it. Verso confirmed Wednesday that it has been offered $20 a share by Atlas Holdings LLC, but the company said it would not […]

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State puts $130M into projects to provide worker training, address hiring challenges

By: - July 15, 2021

Wisconsin will use $130 million from the state’s federal pandemic relief funds to pay for new programs that aim to help employers find new workers and people without jobs find new work. The three programs, which Gov. Tony Evers announced at a news conference in Green Bay Wednesday morning, include: $100 million in so-called Workforce […]

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Janesville business owner announces bid for Congress in First District

By: - July 14, 2021

A Janesville business owner and educator announced Tuesday she will seek the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil next year, making her the first potential challenger to the two-term incumbent in the 2022 election. Ann Roe, a political newcomer, focused her opening announcement on economic issues and on hearing the voices of […]

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Baldwin, Georgia senators propose federal alternative for states that refuse Medicaid expansion

By: - July 13, 2021

Hoping to do an end-run around state governments that have refused to expand Medicaid, senators from two such states want to offer a federal alternative that would not require state approval. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) introduced a bill Monday that would create a federally run and funded Medicaid […]

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Early numbers show COVID-19 uptick as officials urge more people to get vaccinated

By: - July 12, 2021

New COVID-19 cases appear to be climbing again, sparking concern that the spreading mutant versions of the coronavirus are making inroads in Wisconsin. As of Monday, the percentage of tests that were positive for the virus had doubled from three weeks ago, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS spokeswoman Elizabeth Goodsitt […]

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

With double-barreled vetoes Evers rejects gun ‘sanctuary’ bill, local redistricting delay

By: - July 9, 2021

With a pair of end-of-the week vetoes, Gov. Tony Evers rejected bills Friday afternoon that would have postponed redistricting for local elections and hampered attempts to enforce federal firearms laws in Wisconsin. The redistricting bill, AB-369, would have delayed new maps for county board districts and ward boundaries until after the 2022 spring elections. New […]

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With personal property tax cut and paper mill vetoes, Evers tells lawmakers to try again

By: - July 9, 2021

On the same day that he signed the state’s 2021-2023 budget, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a separate bill Thursday that was tied to the state spending plan. Evers rejected the state Legislature’s bid to end what is left of the personal property tax, a business tax that has already been whittled away by a series […]

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Evers embraces income tax cut, delays its impact on paychecks

By: - July 9, 2021

By using the diminished but still extensive partial veto power that Wisconsin governors wield, Gov. Tony Evers managed to tinker with the margins of the new 2021-2023 state budget — temporarily capturing a $700 million windfall, but also clawing back for the executive branch powers that Republican lawmakers had tried to assume for the Legislature. […]