The Latest: Republicans to meet with Evers next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Assembly Republicans’ letter to Gov. Tony Evers (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers plans to sit down with legislative Republicans in an unusual joint meeting with lawmakers from both the Assembly and Senate.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday that the joint caucus will take place Tuesday. He says he expects it to begin as a private meeting so lawmakers can have a “real conversation” with Evers about their priorities.

The meeting comes after Assembly Republicans sent Evers a letter outlining areas where they thought they could work together.

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says “actions speak louder than words” and the governor hopes Assembly Republicans will work with him to make progress on the identified issues.

Vos cited cutting income taxes, reducing transportation debt and expanding internet access as some areas where they can work together.

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9:37 a.m.

Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are delivering what they call a “gesture of our goodwill” outlining their priorities to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Assembly Republicans say in a letter delivered to Evers on Thursday that they want to work together on a number of issues, including cutting income taxes, increasing funding for public schools and reducing borrowing to pay for roads.

Republicans say the first bill they intend to pass is a state-level guarantee that people with pre-existing health conditions can’t be denied insurance.

Evers has many of the same priorities, but supports different measures to achieve the goals.

For example, Evers wants to cut income taxes by 10 percent. But he wants to pay for it by reducing a tax break for corporations, something Republicans oppose.

Associated Press

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