Assembly Republicans outline priorities in letter to Gov. Evers

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV/AP) - Wisconsin Assembly Republicans delivered what they call a "gesture of our goodwill" outlining their priorities to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Assembly Republicans said 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.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that he is excited to talk about opportunities to work with Gov. Evers.

"Hopefully find issues to work on together and try at least for the foreseeable future to avoid picking topics we know are going to be divisive," Vos said.

"We are going to sit down I think on Tuesday along with our Senate colleagues and have our first real conversation with our new governor," Vos added.

Gov. Evers responded on Thursday at a press conference in Wausau.

"The good news is he [Vos] has laid out some possibilities where we could find common ground and so we are looking forward to meeting with speaker Vos and his caucus," Evers said.

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.