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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Senior Reporter 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.

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New order bans mass gatherings; COVID-19 testing limited

By: - March 17, 2020

Bars must close, restaurants can only serve take-out meals, and with exceptions, gatherings of 10 or more people are banned under a new statewide public health order issued Tuesday as the number of active cases of COVID-19 continued to mount. Wisconsin public health officials also are limiting tests for the illness caused by the novel […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dane County schools closing effective immediately

By: - March 15, 2020

On order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District and nearly two-dozen other Dane County school districts are closing effective immediately, rather than waiting until Wednesday, officials announced Sunday. Also Sunday, the number of people testing positive for the virus responsible for the illness known as COVID-19 rose to 33, […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm

UPDATE: Dane County schools to close Monday

By: - March 13, 2020

Updated 3/15/2020 at 3:50 p.m. All Dane County schools will close effective Monday, by order of Public Health Madison & Dane County on Sunday. Also Sunday, the public health agency barred meetings of 50 or more people, and recommended that gatherings of fewer then 50 take place only if necessary. The number of people who […]

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Report ties Trump, trade wars to jobs slowdown

By: - March 11, 2020

Slower job growth and an increase in mass layoffs and plant closings in Wisconsin make President Donald Trump vulnerable in the state during this year’s reelection campaign, according to a report by a progressive  policy organization, released on Tuesday. Trump’s trade war, which began in 2018 and included tariffs on imported goods from China, Europe, […]

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Coronavirus could give state economy a wallop

By: - March 9, 2020

Although the risk in Wisconsin for contracting COVID-19 still remains low, with two confirmed cases as of late Monday, the economic fallout from the global pandemic could hit the state more severely than some other parts of the country. That is an early and still very preliminary assessment from a University of Wisconsin-Madison economist who […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State ramps up testing capacity for COVID-19

By: - March 7, 2020

The number of people in Wisconsin who are being or have been tested for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus now spreading worldwide, had risen to 44 as of Friday. To date only one person in the state has tested positive, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). “We want to […]

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Orange barrels on deck: Evers announces road project grants

By: - March 4, 2020

Just in time for spring, Gov. Tony Evers unveiled $75 million worth of new highway, road and street repair projects on Wednesday, promising greater safety, better community connections and economic growth.  A total of 152 local governments — 84 towns, 34 cities and villages and 34 counties — are sharing in the funding, provided through […]

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Coronavirus likely to hit working poor especially hard

By: - March 4, 2020

As the coronavirus illness known as COVID-19 spreads and fears follow, one segment of the population is especially at risk, according to health experts: the working poor. With a vaccine likely more than a year away, people who suspect they’ve been infected are being asked to seek medical treatment, but also to stay home if […]

Columnist: Hiring ‘loophole’ could net Foxconn investment tax credit

By: - March 3, 2020

Was a year-end surge in hiring at Foxconn Technology Group in Racine County timed to ensure it could collect a $52.5 million tax credit for 2019? Bruce Murphy, editor of the news website Urban Milwaukee, raises that question in a column published Tuesday. Foxconn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in mid-December that hiring would surpass […]

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UW Hospital nurses rally community support for union drive

By: - March 1, 2020

Amid a standoff between the University of Wisconsin hospital system and nurses who work there over union representation, the pro-union nurses are expanding their campaign to a broader base of community organizations. Barred by Act 10 from collective bargaining, the nurses, who have joined SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, are asking to be recognized and seeking a […]

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Bill would reverse funds transfer for wall, restore Wisconsin military contracts

By: - February 27, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined two-and-a-half dozen other Senate Democrats this week in a bill to reverse the Trump administration’s transfer of $3.8 billion from the Department of Defense to pay for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill aims to pressure the administration to restore funding for military contracts with two Wisconsin manufacturers. […]

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Evers Cabinet secretaries meet business

By: - February 27, 2020

On the annual lobbying day for the Republican-leaning Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, three cabinet secretaries appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers made a pitch for why policies under his administration were good for business. At the Department of Revenue, Secretary Peter Barca promoted a proposal to double the impact of a tax credit for research […]