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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.

Food stamp cuts harm low-income working families

By: - July 24, 2019

Trump administration plans to cut nearly 10% of recipients from the federal food stamp program could hit school lunch programs and cut savings rates for the working poor, a University of Wisconsin expert on hunger and food assistance programs warned Wednesday. The administration announced plans on Tuesday to cut people with incomes from 130% to […]

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Could Medicaid expansion get a second life?

By: - July 23, 2019

It was a key plank in candidate Tony Evers’ campaign health-care platform during last year’s governor’s race: Reverse former Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of federal funds to expand Wisconsin’s Medicaid coverage. But with his Medicaid expansion plan stripped out of the budget by the Republican-dominated legislature, the governor and health care advocacy groups are looking […]

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Squeeze remains on childcare subsidies, and the families who need them

By: - July 22, 2019

It’s getting much more difficult for low-income families in Wisconsin to obtain affordable childcare, a new report says, and while both the Democratic governor and the Republican-led legislature have offered remedies, so far those efforts have fallen short. The findings are in a brief published last week by the Wisconsin Policy Forum that examines the […]

ACA policy experts look Kind(ly) on congressman’s lonely vote to keep ‘Cadillac Health Tax’

By: - July 22, 2019

Since its inception, one provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been especially unpopular across the board, including with unions who otherwise backed former President Barack Obama’s landmark law to expand health care coverage. To help pay for the ACA, the law included a 40 percent excise tax on the value of employer-sponsored health […]

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New legal threat to ACA sparks call for state to step in

By: - July 19, 2019

Facing a new legal threat to the 9-year-old Affordable Care Act, some Wisconsin lawmakers want the state to step in with new patient health care protections they fear could be wiped out if the ACA is overturned. At stake are key provisions that enabled former President Barack Obama’s health reform law to expand health care […]

Racine joins trend to ban conversion therapy for LGBT minors

By: - July 18, 2019

Racine became the fifth city in Wisconsin this week to ban conversion therapy — attempts by professional counselors to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people — from being used on children under the age of 18. The city council voted 11-3 Tuesday night to ban the practice […]

Measures for low-income workers aim to offset 2017 tax law’s tilt toward wealthy

By: - July 18, 2019

More than a million people in Wisconsin could benefit from proposed changes in two federal tax credits for low- and moderate-income families, according to a new report. New federal legislation expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would help 394,000 childless adults in Wisconsin, while a companion bill expanding the Child Care Tax Credit would […]

Fair Maps lawmakers, activists pressure gerrymandering opponents

By: - July 16, 2019

Lawmakers and activists seeking to end partisan gerrymandering and create a nonpartisan system for drawing legislative districts sought to turn up the heat Tuesday on current Assembly and Senate leaders to give the proposals a hearing. At a crowded Capitol press conference, the sponsors of companion Senate and Assembly “Fair Maps” bills called on the […]

Milwaukee’s high homicide rates rooted in segregation

By: - July 16, 2019

A recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel draws an explicit link between the city’s homicide rates and its historic segregation. It’s part of a larger pattern that criminologists have been aware of for years, a leading Wisconsin criminologist tells the Wisconsin Examiner — and one that demands a deeper conversation over social structure that […]

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Fair Maps groups push reform after high court’s gerrymandering decision

By: - July 16, 2019

Senate and Assembly bills would hand the task of drawing district maps over to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau and a new advisory commission. They could offer the only path to taking politics out of redistricting after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.