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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.

Audit report calls for more information on how state has spent pandemic relief

By: - December 16, 2022

An audit report commissioned by state lawmakers has recommended that the administration of Gov. Tony Evers publish more information about how the state will spend its remaining pandemic relief funds and calls on the Department of Administration (DOA) to document its decision-making process in deciding how to spend the money that has already been allocated.  […]

Technology exec tells Senate panel to sharpen focus on workforce

By: - December 15, 2022

The federal CHIPS Act signed in July has the potential to strengthen U.S. manufacturing, and it can do so more effectively with a focus on developing the country’s high-tech manufacturing workforce, a Wisconsin industrial technology executive told senators in Washington this week. The new measure, “although a great step towards codifying industrial policy, will fall […]

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Report criticizes counties that continue to claw back Medicaid birth costs

By: - December 14, 2022

Despite campaigns to end the practice, Wisconsin counties continue to take some unmarried parents to court to repay the cost of their children’s births covered by Medicaid, according to a new report published Wednesday. The report, produced by ABC for Health, states that altogether Wisconsin counties have won legal judgments declaring that unmarried parents owed […]

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Ahead of first hearing, advocates press criticisms of widening Milwaukee freeway

By: - December 13, 2022

Opponents of adding two additional lanes to a Milwaukee stretch of Interstate 94 pressed their criticism of the proposal Monday at a public hearing on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s plan. In testimony at Monday’s hearing — the first of two this week — and at a press conference beforehand Monday afternoon, critics of widening […]

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Baldwin joins call for Biden to require rail sick days by executive order

By: - December 12, 2022

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is one of 15 senators and more than 50 U.S. representatives asking President Joe Biden to use an executive order to require paid sick days for railroad workers. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Biden on Friday urging him to take the action a week after Congress passed and the […]

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VA reaches out to veterans about new health benefits for toxic exposure

By: - December 9, 2022

Veterans Affairs officials will hold town hall meetings in Janesville and Milwaukee to answer questions about health care for veterans exposed to toxic substances during their time in service.  The sessions are part of outreach by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to explain the PACT Act, enacted in August. The legislation extends health care […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his 2021-23 budget address (via YouTube).

Wisconsin gears up for a budget debate in the new year

By: - December 6, 2022

Eyeing a state surplus topping $6 billion, Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature are both already putting down markers ahead of deliberations in 2023 on the state’s next biennial budget. They’re doing so in rare circumstances. “The state is in a much better position this year to shoulder the increasing costs of ongoing […]

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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 […]