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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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Senators: Don’t cut food-stamp eligibility

By: - September 23, 2019

3.6 million could lose nutritional SNAP (food stamp) benefits under rule change.

GM strike ripples through Wisconsin

By: - September 22, 2019

In Wisconsin, GM is just a shadow of what it was, but for workers the strike has a long reach.

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Bad debt, charity care rise in state’s hospitals

By: - September 20, 2019

High-deductible insurance, weaker ACA, other problems are to blame, depending on whom you ask.

Amy Klobuchar at NAACP forum (Photo by Andrew Roth)

Three-state swing brings Klobuchar to Wisconsin today

By: - September 19, 2019

The visit is part of a swing taking Klobuchar through three closely watched northern states for the 2020 campaign: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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DNR plans Marinette chemical contamination listening sessions

By: - September 17, 2019

As worries persist about contamination from chemicals known as PFAS in and around  Marinette and Peshtigo in northeastern Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources will hold the first of six monthly listening sessions on the issue this Wednesday in Marinette. “People asked the DNR to give folks a forum to ask questions and receive […]

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Gov. Evers gets loose on state podcast

By: - September 15, 2019

It might never reach an audience the size of “Call Your Girlfriend,” “Pod Save America,”  or “WTF with Marc Maron,” but the Department of Workforce Development has joined the wonderful world of podcasting.  The idea came out of brainstorming including DWD’s secretary-designee, Caleb Frostman, and the department’s communications staff. “Anytime we can tell our story […]

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 Recovering birth costs from men

By: - September 11, 2019

A Wisconsin bill that would expand a program that requires unwed fathers to help pay for the cost of a mother’s pregnancy and delivery — even when the father and mother live together — is drawing criticism from health and child welfare advocates, but defense from supporters. The program is called birth-cost recovery (BCR), and […]

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UW hospital backlog ‘worst that I have seen’

By: - September 9, 2019

A surge in people needing inpatient treatment at UW Health University Hospital in Madison last week led to a backlog. As many as 25 patients had to wait in the hospital’s emergency department before they could be admitted to hospital inpatient units where they were treated. The backlog “was the worst that I have seen,” […]

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Milwaukee bus drivers reject offer; talks to resume

By: - September 6, 2019

Milwaukee County Transit System workers Thursday evening rejected the latest contract offer from system management and authorized leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 to call a strike “if necessary.” The voted to reject was 84%, the union said in a statement.  Union president James Macon called on MCTS management “to come back to […]

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Open records request reveals overwhelming opposition to lame duck session

By: - September 3, 2019

Republican lawmakers who voted late last year to shackle the powers of incoming Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul did so despite thousands of messages from voters imploring them not to, newly revealed correspondence records show. A tally of email and telephone correspondence with legislators — including a group of more than a […]

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Revenue department vows crackdown on payroll tax fraud

By: - September 2, 2019

A state crackdown on payroll fraud has led to as many as 50 open investigations of companies suspected of cheating their workers on pay and cheating the state on payroll taxes, the state’s top tax collector says. The crackdown is led by a task force appointed by Gov. Tony Evers, with representatives from three state […]

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Union questions the numbers at Milwaukee County Transit

By: - September 2, 2019

As Milwaukee bus drivers prepare to vote Thursday on the Milwaukee County Transit System’s latest contract offer, their union is accusing MCTS management of overstating the system’s financial straits by millions of dollars while implementing route cuts that would further weaken the bus service. MCTS management is rejecting the union’s claims as nothing more than […]