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.

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Evers says schools will make their own decisions for the fall

By: - August 5, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers reiterated Tuesday that he has no plans to issue a statewide order forbidding schools from holding in-person classes this fall, despite statements to the contrary from Republican lawmakers. Asked at a media briefing Tuesday afternoon about  a statement from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) voicing suspicion that Evers would “flip-flop” on […]

Baldwin jobs bill gets endorsements from state workforce development groups

By: - August 4, 2020

A U.S. Senate bill to create a long-term program of subsidized jobs for people put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic has gained support from Milwaukee’s mayor and a collection of Wisconsin social welfare and workforce development organizations. “Millions of Americans are unemployed and struggling to make ends meet, so we need a bold, […]

Missy Hughes, WEDC CEO

‘How are we going to fix that? How are we going to move forward?’

By: - August 4, 2020

Months after lawmakers — and even the state’s top economic development strategist — thought it would be waning, COVID-19 still threatens Wisconsin, as its economy struggles to recover. Industries are “reeling” — and so are other sectors of the state that are critical to its long-term success: education, child care and health care. As grim […]

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CDC report: Voting in Milwaukee fell April 7, but COVID-19 cases didn’t rise

By: - August 3, 2020

The April 7 election doesn’t appear to have sparked a surge in COVID-19 infections in Milwaukee, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — but it also saw overall voter participation cut nearly in half and close to an 80% drop in in-person voting in the city […]

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Battle lines harden over governor’s new health emergency, mask order

By: - July 31, 2020

On the day before Gov. Tony Evers’ mandatory mask rule takes effect, reaction swiftly hardened Friday along predictable lines. More Republicans lined up to condemn the governor’s new health emergency declaration and the accompanying mask order, announced Thursday to curb the state’s renewed surge of COVID-19, which takes effect Saturday, August 1. Senate Majority Leader […]

Gov. Tony Evers

Evers declares new health emergency, mandates masks statewide

By: - July 30, 2020

With COVID-19 infections steadily rising by as much as a thousand detected cases per day, Gov. Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency Thursday, and with it, announced a statewide mandatory mask order to take effect Saturday, August 1. “A few months ago, Wisconsin was in pretty good shape. The numbers were improving and […]

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Will pandemic school be a trade-off between safety and equity?

By: - July 30, 2020

What are the choices that confront parents, school districts and communities this fall, as the first day of the school year draws near and the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating? Barely a month from the first day of the fall semester, some school districts are backing away from starting the year with in-person […]

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Frostman: DWD is working to get SSDI claims in motion

By: - July 29, 2020

Wisconsin workers who also collect federal disability payments and have lost work hours because of COVID-19 should start applying for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and the state unemployment insurance system will work to move those applications along, the state’s labor secretary told the Wisconsin Examiner on Tuesday. Late Monday, the state Department of Workforce […]

Sen. Chris Larson with mask

Sen. Larson launches petition drive for state mask mandate

By: - July 28, 2020

A Milwaukee state senator’s petition for a statewide mask mandate has garnered  more than 8,000 signatures — and a torrent of abuse on social media. Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is spreading word of the petition on his official Facebook page. The petition, in the form of a letter addressed to Gov. Tony Evers, the state […]

Guard continues COVID-19 test assistance; federal support in limbo

By: - July 28, 2020

While the Wisconsin National Guard continues to aid with testing state residents for the virus responsible for COVID-19, officials in Wisconsin and other states are urging the federal government to extend funding for the testing deployment through the end of the year. National Guard members are collecting specimens this week at locations in 15 Wisconsin […]

U.S. okays special unemployment pay for disability recipients

By: - July 28, 2020

After weeks of waiting and being told no, laid-off Wisconsin workers who also collect federal disability payments got some better news on Monday: They, too, can get jobless pay. A U.S. Department of Labor official, in a letter sent Monday to the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD), said that Wisconsin residents enrolled in the Social […]

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Small farms get most of first round of COVID-19 aid; 2nd round planned

By: - July 27, 2020

Nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers shared in the first round of aid from a special state program to support farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said Monday. So far $41.6 million has been distributed to 11,884 farms from the $50 million program, funded from the state’s allotment under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and […]