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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.

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 […]

Sign: Everybody's Got A Right to Live

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 […]

An eviction notice posted on a door as the lock is changed.

Legal aid lawyers want most eviction court records removed after one year

By: - April 4, 2022

Lawyers who represent low-income Wisconsin residents are asking the state Supreme Court to remove most eviction cases from court records after one year. Landlords use those records to exclude prospective tenants, says Korey Lundin, an attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin. That happens even if the case is dropped without a court-ordered eviction, he says […]

Kenosha law enforcement form up with riot shields, long rifles, and armored vehicles. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Evers vetoes ‘Riot Bill,’ says it duplicates existing law and could criminalize nonviolent protest

By: - April 1, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed the so-called Riot Bill that passed the state Legislature on party lines, saying that the measure duplicated existing law and that it also could be used to infringe on the First Amendment rights of peaceful protesters. Senate Bill 296 created a definition of “riot” and would have authorized criminal charges […]

Vos, Assembly cited for contempt after not turning over election review records

By: - March 30, 2022

A Dane County judge cited Assembly Speaker Robin Vos with contempt of court Wednesday for failing to comply with her order five months ago to turn over records from the 2020 election review that Vos commissioned. The failure of Vos and the Wisconsin Assembly to search for and produce the records amounted to “a collective […]

Mount Pleasant Village Board repeals change to longer terms after referendum campaign

By: - March 30, 2022

A controversial change in board terms for the Racine County village of Mount Pleasant is off the table after a citizens group campaigned for a referendum on the matter. The Mount Pleasant Village Board voted Monday night to repeal its ordinance changing the board to three-year terms rather than draft a referendum for residents to […]