The Latest: Assembly OKs Republican tax cut plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans are inching closer to sending their middle-class tax cut plan to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The state Assembly passed the bill 61-33 on Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate, which is expected to take it up Wednesday. Approval would send the bill to Evers' desk, where it appears destined to die.

Evers has said he can't support the bill because it relies on a budget surplus to backfill lost revenue resulting from the cuts. He hasn't said outright that he'd veto it, but he said Tuesday that he can't understand why the GOP would tap reserves to pay for the tax cut.

Evers has proposed his own tax cut plan. Half of it would be funded by capping tax credits on manufacturers. He hasn't said how he would fund the rest but on Wednesday said the proposal should be debated as part of the 2019-21 state budget.

Republicans have balked at the thought of capping tax breaks for manufacturers, saying there's no need to raise taxes on them in light of the surplus.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he "can't understand" why Republicans would tap state reserves to pay for a middle class tax cut, but he's stopping short of promising to veto their proposal.

The Assembly was voting on the Republican bill Tuesday with the Senate expected to give final approval on Wednesday.

Evers wants to pay for a middle class tax cut by all-but eliminating a manufacturing tax credit program. Republicans oppose that and instead want to use budget reserves.

Evers tells reporters he remains hopeful that a compromise can be reached but "we believe our proposal is the best one."

Evers wouldn't comment on a veto, but says "I can't understand how we can possibly use up all the surplus for this and then ignore the rest of the budget."