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.

Proposal would grant tax breaks to businesses with expenses covered by PPP

By: - February 10, 2021

What was supposed to be a routine piece of tax code legislation has become the vehicle for a $450 million or more tax break for Wisconsin businesses that received federal loans to help them in the pandemic. The proposed change would enable a business to take a tax deduction on expenses it incurred in the […]

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Second case of new COVID-19 variant found in Wisconsin

By: - February 9, 2021

A second Wisconsin resident has tested positive for a rapidly spreading new strain of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, state health officials said Tuesday. The case was found in Waukesha County. The variant, identified as B.1.1.7 of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is believed to spread more easily, and may cause an increased risk of death, according […]

Act 10 protests at the Wisconsin Capitol 2011. Photo by Emily Mills CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Union-backed survey finds public support for unions, especially for health care workers

By: - February 9, 2021

Most Wisconsin voters support unions, particularly for health care workers, along with policies to help people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on health as well as on the economy, according to new survey findings. “Voters in this state are clamoring for help,” said Mario Brossard of Global Strategy Group, which presented the survey results […]

Male caretaker helping senior man with walker in nursing home

Nursing home workers in Wisconsin outpace their co-workers nationally in accepting COVID-19 vaccine

By: - February 9, 2021

Although a national study reports that nearly two-thirds of nursing home workers who have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine have turned it down, Wisconsin appears to be an exception. Nearly two out of three of the state’s nursing home workers who have been offered the vaccine have accepted it, according to the state Department of […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his State of the State speech 1/12/21 (screenshot via YouTube)

Evers vetoes COVID-19 bill, calling rejected compromise a ‘missed opportunity’

By: - February 6, 2021

A month of sparring over new COVID-19 response legislation concluded Friday with Gov. Tony Evers, as widely expected, vetoing the Legislature’s first bill since April to address the pandemic. Evers acted shortly after the state Senate, voting along party lines, approved an amendment to the bill that the Assembly inserted on Thursday that added yet […]

Supreme Court Room in the Madison Capitol Building in fully spherical panorama by Ryan Wick via Flickr CC BY 2.0

Spotlight back on Supreme Court after COVID-19 order conflicts

By: - February 5, 2021

For nearly three months, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court has been sitting on a case that is at the center of the Republican maneuver to kill the COVID-19 health emergency order that Gov. Tony Evers declared in January. With the flurry of activity on Thursday — as a divided state Assembly ended the Jan. 19 […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his State of the State speech 1/12/21 (WisEye)

Evers renews call for lawmakers to act on Unemployment Insurance system overhaul

By: - February 4, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers urged the Legislature Thursday to stop sitting on his proposal to update the state’s beleaguered unemployment insurance (UI) system. GOP legislative leaders have ignored the governor’s special session call to pass bills to fix the system, gaveling in Jan. 19 and adjourning without action. Evers has proposed legislation to modernize the system […]

Black children in a classroom sitting at table raising their hands

The racial and income fault lines over ‘back to school’

By: - February 3, 2021

During a Jan. 12 floor debate, state Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) called the use of virtual school amid the COVID-19 pandemic a “social injustice.” Kooyenga was decrying a proposal from state Senate Democrats to suspend standardized testing along with state grades for schools and districts that rely on student test scores. As he made his […]

A Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe (Getty Images)

Women outpace men in the early stages of COVID-19 vaccination

By: - February 3, 2021

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, women are roughly twice as likely to get the shot. As of Monday, nearly 10% of Wisconsin women have gotten at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 5.2% of Wisconsin men, according to the state Department of Health Services (DHS), which […]

masked shopper

Why abolishing the state mask mandate could be bad for business

By: - February 1, 2021

Robin Janson’s business has a simple rule for customers and employees: Wear a mask. “No mask? No exceptions,” is how she sums it up. Janson is the president of Urban Evolutions, an Appleton manufacturer of furniture and wall paneling made from reclaimed wood. The 24-year-old business has a showroom and retail store where it enforces […]

COVID relief bill continues to elude Wisconsin Legislature

By: and - January 29, 2021

Over the course of five chaotic hours on Thursday, Republicans in the Senate turned their backs on their own compromise COVID-19 legislation, while a controversial move to block Gov. Tony Evers’ authority to declare health emergencies screeched to a halt in the Assembly. The last minute pivot in the Assembly meant that the state’s current […]

Protest for workers health at McDonalds essential workers union strike

Report finds benefits for economy, health in universal paid sick leave

By: - January 29, 2021

While vaccines have been slowly rolling out for COVID-19 and state lawmakers are debating whether to throw out Wisconsin’s statewide mask requirement, a new report points to another tool that could help curb the spread of the coronavirus: Money. Not just money for public health departments or money to invest in medical prevention, treatment or […]