If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? That seems to be the philosophy for Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature as they push a tax cut plan for a third time. Governor Tony Evers vetoed each of the other two plans, and another veto seems imminent. But they are pushing their plan again, even though it is much like the last plan Evers vetoed. Like the previous plans, it largely favors the state’s highest earners. Under previous proposals, the wealthiest would get a windfall, while the average Wisconsin taxpayer would save a measly $3 a month. So if it is clear the Governor won’t approve tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, then why try again? Part of this is political gamesmanship. If Evers vetoes the plan, he can claim he wants a new tax code that better benefits the middle class. Republicans can claim they pushed for tax cuts, but the Governor stood in their way. The fate of this latest plan isn’t clear, but despite the stalemate there is reason for optimism. It is clear both the Democrat Governor and Republican Legislature want to use the state’s $7 billion surplus to provide tax relief. The devil is in the details. With precious time remaining in this legislative session, the two parties should start with their shared goals, and work together to come up with a plan both sides can stomach. Otherwise that surplus will just get bigger, while our bank accounts won’t.