Mich. Govt. TV will go 24/7 to air budget battles

LANSING, MI – Viewers statewide will have ringside seats as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget deal and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.

Michigan Government Television said Friday it will begin providing around-the-clock coverage Monday that will continue until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The cable station usually is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

The expanded coverage will let viewers watch legislative sessions that could extend overnight and into weekends as lawmakers work to nail down a budget deal by the Oct. 1 start of the budget year.

MGTV also plans to show the Oct. 6-7 Michigan Supreme Court hearings during the first week of the court's new session.

MGTV is available on most cable systems statewide. Stations can be found on the MGTV Web site.