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Gov. Walker: Both parties to blame for government shutdown

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday that both parties are to blame for the federal government shutdown -- and Washington should run itself like Wisconsin does. 

During a news conference at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Walker hailed his fellow Republicans for eliminating a $3.6 billion deficit two years ago.

He said he meets every Wednesday with legislative leaders about the state's problems, and how to solve them. That's been easier in Wisconsin the last 5 years, since one party has controlled the governor's office and both houses of the Legislature -- the Democrats in 2009, and Republicans since 2011. 

The opposing party complains that it gets almost no input on the major issues. 

In Washington, Democrats control the White House and the Senate while the GOP has a large majority in the House -- and each party ends up approving its own version of major items, lately with little compromise.