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.

Preschool children playing with colorful shapes and toys in a child care center

Republicans maintain skepticism for most of Evers’ workforce agenda at Senate hearing

By: - October 12, 2023

A parade of witnesses urged state senators Wednesday to preserve child care support that began during the COVID-19 pandemic but was cut from Wisconsin’s two-year budget enacted in July. Restoring the Child Care Counts program dominated the three-and-a-half hour hearing before the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technical Colleges, held to consider legislation that […]

Utility companies are spending billions building out transmission and distribution lines around the country, leading some to call for an independent monitor to protect customers. Photo by Robert Zullo.

Electric power line legislation would favor in-state companies as grid expands

By: - October 11, 2023

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering legislation that would give in-state power transmission companies first dibs on new interstate power lines in Wisconsin — a measure that advocates contend would hold down costs while opponents charge it would drive up the price of electricity. The bill, AB-470/SB-481, revolves around an arcane question that might be far from […]

Bills blocking gender-affirming health care, transgender athletes in women’s sports head to Assembly

By: - October 11, 2023

Two bills condemned by members of Wisconsin’s trans community and their allies advanced out of Assembly committees Tuesday on party-line votes, teeing them up for an Assembly floor vote later this week. Gov. Tony Evers has vowed to veto both measures if they reach his desk. Public hearings last week that lasted for hours drew […]

Fair maps advocates hold ‘public telling’ to air opposition to GOP redistricting plan

By: - October 10, 2023

In place of a public hearing that never happened on a fast-tracked Republican bill creating a new process for redistricting, advocates for  nonpartisan, fair maps held a two-hour event of their own Monday to denounce the GOP proposal. Participants in Monday’s “public telling” organized by the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition rejected the claim by GOP […]

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Hearing scheduled on Evers’ proposal for child care and other workforce aid

By: - October 10, 2023

Legislation drawn up by Gov. Tony Evers to bolster child care providers and invest in several other provisions cut from the 2023-25 state budget will get a public hearing Wednesday in a state Senate committee. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a summary of the governor’s proposal Monday.  Last week, Evers urged Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond […]

Wisconsin State Capitol

Man with gun, seeking Evers, is taken into custody twice at Capitol

By: - October 5, 2023

A man who was arrested and jailed after he walked into the state Capitol with a gun looking for Gov. Tony Evers returned hours later with a rifle and was taken into custody again, authorities said Thursday. Evers was not in the Capitol building when a man with a leashed dog and a handgun in […]

Evers at News Conference in Milwaukee

Evers to GOP committee chair: Schedule hearing for workforce, child care bill

By: - October 4, 2023

Gov. Tony Evers has reached out directly to the Republican senator whose committee has been assigned the governor’s sweeping bill to provide support for child care and other workforce-related measures. On Tuesday, Evers sent a letter to Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), who two weeks ago stated he would hold a hearing on the […]

Legislature’s rules committee kills new building standards that advocates said would save money

By: - October 2, 2023

On a party-line vote, members of the Legislature’s administrative rules committee have blocked a proposed Wisconsin commercial building code update that advocates said would save energy, improve safety and lower insurance costs. The update would have brought Wisconsin commercial building standards in line with the 2021 standards of the International Code Council, including the International […]

Former COVID-19 czar: The virus ‘new normal’ points to larger public health mission

By: - September 28, 2023

With COVID-19 still a public health reality but no longer considered a public health emergency, it’s time for policymakers, health care systems and the public to think more broadly about public health, a former White House COVID-19 czar said Thursday. There is a new normal, said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the school of public […]

A UAW Local rally held in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin joins UAW auto strike as workers seek to recoup past givebacks

By: - September 28, 2023

United Auto Workers members on strike against the three Detroit-based auto manufacturers are looking for wage gains to make up for years of stagnation and concessions the union made a decade and a half ago to rescue the industry from collapse, labor leaders say. Wisconsin UAW workers joined the walkout last week at two parts […]

Authors of sweeping anti-poverty proposal say it can help state’s workforce needs

By: - September 27, 2023

Democratic lawmakers rolled out a massive draft bill Tuesday aimed at tackling poverty by addressing housing, transportation, and a host of related factors that the backers say keep people on the margins and out of the workforce. The authors, Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), opted for a broad approach in the […]

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State says it’s reinstating 4,000 Medicaid recipients who should not have been dropped

By: - September 27, 2023

Up to 4,000 Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin lost coverage and are to be reinstated because of errors in the state’s automatic renewal process. The Wisconsin participants are among half a million people in 30 states who lost coverage and are being reinstated, according to the federal government.  The error involved how states confirm that current […]