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Assembly Republicans unveiled the plan Friday, which also includes a nearly $45 million cut to personal property taxes paid by businesses and about $100 million toward paying down state debt. The plan does not call for any additional spending on education, which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for last week.

We are looking for a serious commitment from Congress to help farmers manage the over-supply of milk that is driving prices down. Farm organizations and elected and appointed officials who are focusing only on increasing exports are missing half of the equation.

The Republican-controlled Legislature wants to pay for a middle-class tax cut by taking the money from the state's budget surplus — a surplus that was built on the average taxpayer's back. Gov. Evers and the Democrats propose funding the cut by reducing a tax credit that has gone overwhelmingly toward padding the pockets of those who make over $1 million per year.

According to a preliminary analysis from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Democratic plan would draw $348.2 million from budget reserves over its first two years. The Republican plan would draw $495.6 million from that same pot of money over the same period, a difference of $147.4 million. In addition, Democrats want to partially fund the cut by raising taxes on some manufacturers. 

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