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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.

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Landlord groups to apartment owners: Hit ‘pause’ on evictions

By: - June 11, 2020

While a state moratorium on evictions ended two weeks ago, two apartment associations are urging landlords to hold off on expelling tenants who are behind on their rent as COVID-19 persists and with it record-high unemployment. “Our success as housing providers is dependent on the financial stability of both our tenants and the communities within […]

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Union wants insurer to keep work in Madison, not send it back overseas

By: - June 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic led Madison-based CUNA Mutual Group to bring some of its work back to Wisconsin after having outsourced it overseas several years ago. Now, as conditions have eased in Asia where the work came from, the company is making plans to offshore that work once again, according to the union representing about 500 […]

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When being sick prompts fears of being fired

By: - June 10, 2020

In late May, Mike Jackson collapsed on the job at Briggs & Stratton’s factory on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side. A few days later, on May 28, the 45-year-old father of eight died of COVID-19 after having worked for days or possibly weeks while he was ill with the deadly virus. “Prior to that, he had been […]

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Study: Medicaid expansion funds could boost state’s health coverage

By: - June 9, 2020

Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the last 15 states that have turned down federal aid for that purpose — including Wisconsin — could add 4.1 million people to the list of those who have healthcare coverage, according to a new study. The Urban Institute report, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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Fear of lawsuit leads Dane County to loosen limit on church gatherings

By: - June 5, 2020

Threatened with the prospect of a lawsuit from the Madison Catholic Diocese, Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) has revised an order on the size of worship services. A May 22 order from the health department classified worship services as “mass gatherings” limited to no more than 50 people. Other routine businesses that were permitted […]

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‘This cannot be who we are any longer’

By: - June 5, 2020

The regular briefings state officials hold to update the media on Wisconsin’s battle with COVID-19 are usually a mix of earnest public health reminders and upbeat encouragement for state residents to keep up  practices to help everyone stay safe and curb the spread of the viral illness that has put the world back on its […]

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Before the COVID-19 crash, state’s job picture was mixed

By: - June 4, 2020

 Newly available data on Wisconsin jobs in the last quarter of 2019 paints a mixed picture, with growth in the state’s stronger regions and declines in parts that have long been struggling. The quarterly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are the most reliable measures of employment, according to labor economists, […]

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State economic forecast portends a slow recovery after pandemic crash

By: - June 2, 2020

Wisconsin’s economy and the nation’s are headed for a slow recovery that will take more than three years to approach pre-COVID-19 pandemic conditions, the state Department of Revenue projects in a new forecast. Personal income growth in the state will skid to just 0.2% in 2020, rebounding weakly to 1.6% in 2021, says the DOR […]

Foxconn audit report delayed two months

By: - June 2, 2020

An audit of Foxconn’s 2019 jobs report has been put off until mid-July, with the auditors blaming the state’s COVID-19 pandemic conditions, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The audit was originally due May 15, and is now due July 14. The audit is conducted by an independent third party under the company’s agreement […]

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DNR declares it will resume scrutiny of high-capacity wells

By: - June 2, 2020

After four years in which environmental advocates say the state Department of Natural Resources was left powerless to regulate high-capacity wells, the agency will expand its environmental impact investigations of the controversial groundwater projects. High-capacity wells, drawing more than 100,000 gallons a day, are used in large farming operations as well as by municipal water […]

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Wisconsin small business grant applications to open June 15

By: - June 1, 2020

Wisconsin will take applications for the state’s COVID-19-related “We’re All In” grant program for small businesses starting Monday, June 15, with a deadline of midnight on Sunday, June 21. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), which is overseeing the $75 million program, plans to make grants of $2,500 each to 30,000 businesses. The program is […]

Tracking COVID-19 across the state

By: - May 31, 2020

Welcome to the Wisconsin Examiner’s updated Wisconsin COVID-19 Data Page.This page presents the most recent data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The data and their presentations are from the DHS website and are updated regularly. Scroll left to right at the bottom of the frame if necessary to […]