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Saturday, June 06, 2015

 10:24 AM 

Parisi calls on Dems to step up

Dane County Exec Joe Parisi dropped out of high school but found opportunity when he was ready to accept it, he said.

Parisi said he now runs a county government with a budget at more than $500 million and with more than 2,000 employees.

But those types of opportunities are not as available in a state under the leadership of Gov. Scott Walker and GOP leaders, Parisi said. He said signs of that lack of opportunity are seen in the shrinking middle class and in "tax-funded giveaways" to corporations that ship jobs overseas.

"But a state suffers and people suffer when opportunity is available only to those at the top of the economic ladder," Parisi said.

He said Dems can rise up together and recognize that the party's diversity is its strength.

"It is time for Democrats to step up," he said.

-- By Chris Thompson


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