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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.

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 […]

ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 01: Smoke rises from a coal-fired power plant on February 01, 2019 in Romeoville, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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 […]

IRS

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 […]

Joint Finance Committee

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, […]

Houses

Researcher urges Congress to redress decades of housing discrimination

By: - April 13, 2022

The federal government should take concrete steps to help bolster housing in Black and other nonwhite communities in order to rectify racist practices that for decades cleaved them from white communities that benefited exclusively from support and investment, a professor who has studied the history of segregation in Milwaukee told a Congressional committee Tuesday. “We […]

Will release of deleted records make it easier to uncover Legislature’s secrets?

By: - April 11, 2022

In turning over up to 20,000 deleted documents to a watchdog group last week, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos might have inadvertently shown a way to get around  a loophole in state law that lets the Legislature legally hide material lawmakers want to keep from the public. At the very least, the speaker’s move is changing […]

Solar Farm

Green light for state’s largest solar project in Dane County

By: - April 8, 2022

State regulators gave the all clear Thursday to the largest Wisconsin solar array yet, to be built on 4,600 acres of land in Dane County. The proposed Koshkonong Solar Energy Center will generate 300 megawatts of power and include storage battery capacity for 165 megawatts. The project is being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC and […]

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Report ties COVID-19 deaths to poverty, systemic policy failures

By: - April 5, 2022

People who lived in the nation’s poorest counties have died from COVID-19 at nearly twice the rate of people in wealthier counties, according to a new report released Monday. And death rates in poor counties compared to those in wealthy ones grew even more sharply over the last year, in a series of successive COVID […]