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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.

State opens backup healthcare facility in West Allis

By: - October 14, 2020

Wisconsin’s alternate healthcare facility opened Wednesday for recovering COVID-19 patients who aren’t ready to go home yet but can be released to a less-intensive setting than a hospital. The facility, located at State Fair Park in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, was set up in April by the state Department of Health Services (DHS) […]

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Judge temporarily blocks state’s capacity-limit health order

By: - October 14, 2020

Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, a Sawyer County circuit judge on Wednesday blocked the state health order limiting public gatherings to 25% of a room or building’s capacity. Circuit Judge John Yackel issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday morning barring enforcement of the capacity-limit order. Yackel set a hearing […]

Tavern League sues over health order as state breaks COVID-19 records

By: - October 14, 2020

Wisconsin broke a series of COVID-19 records Tuesday as the state got ready to open its overflow facility for patients recovering from the illness, while the tavern industry lobby group sued to block the state’s most recent emergency health order. Late Tuesday, the Tavern League of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in Sawyer County seeking a […]

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

Watchdog group seeks ethics probe of Oshkosh project by Sen. Johnson children

By: - October 13, 2020

A Washington, D.C., government watchdog group is asking the state Ethics Commission to look into historic tax credits awarded to the children of Sen. Ron Johnson three years ago. The ethics complaint that Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed with the commission on Monday follows allegations made in August and September by the Congressional Integrity Project […]

Tony Evers

Evers to GOP leaders: Let’s meet — and bring a plan

By: - October 13, 2020

As Republican lawmakers demanded Monday that the state Department of Health Services (DHS) go through formal rulemaking to implement the state’s new health emergency order restricting public indoor gatherings, Gov. Tony Evers countered with a direct call to the Legislature’s GOP leaders to meet and discuss COVID-19. “Given it has been 180 days since the […]

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Foxconn falls short, won’t get 2019 tax credits

By: - October 12, 2020

Foxconn’s Racine County factory has failed to live up to the company’s agreement with the state of Wisconsin and therefore will not receive tax credits for jobs created there in 2019, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) told the Taiwan-based company on Monday. The tax credits were contingent upon Foxconn moving forward with plans to build […]

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‘We’re All In’ goes another round for small business aid

By: - October 12, 2020

There’s a new short-term respite coming for small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second round of “We’re All In” grants for affected businesses with under $1 million in annual revenues will be available soon. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) will begin taking applications next week for 10,000 businesses grants […]

St. Croix County judge lets Evers health emergency and mask orders stand

By: - October 12, 2020

Wisconsin’s statewide mask requirement, and the broader health emergency under which it was declared, have survived an attempt to throw them out. St. Croix County Circuit Judge R. Michael Waterman on Monday denied a motion seeking a temporary injunction against the emergency declaration as well as the mask order. In his ruling, Waterman rejected the […]

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Report: Children’s health coverage continues to fall nationwide

By: - October 9, 2020

The number of children in the U.S. without health insurance has risen throughout the Trump administration and jumped by 320,000 in 2019, the largest increase in more than a decade, according to a new report issued Friday. Wisconsin children fared better, according to data collected for the report, which was produced by the Center for […]

Senate Dems to GOP leaders: Come back in session

By: - October 9, 2020

State Senate Democrats have called on the Republican leaders of the state Legislature to come back in session for the first time in 178 days and take up legislation in response to the state’s escalating cases of COVID-19. “Our state is in crisis, worsened by your inaction and by your desire to file lawsuits instead […]

As COVID infections hit a new record, the political standoff continues

By: - October 9, 2020

As Wisconsin set a new record for the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, the state government polarization over public health remained as entrenched as the coronavirus appears to be. For the first time since testing began for the virus, the number of newly confirmed cases in a single day reported by the state Department of Health Services […]

Caregiving nurse putting a bandage on a senior mans arm in his home. (Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College.)

Report sets agenda for supporting Wisconsin caregivers

By: - October 9, 2020

People who care for the elderly or for people with disabilities need help themselves, says a new report.  If being a caregiver is their job, they need much better pay and benefits. If they’re volunteers caring for family members as a labor of love, they need stronger support — including financially. The recommendations come in […]