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Oct 27, 2015 5:55 PM

Landrigan: Legislative leaders unhappy NH prosecutors say they can't defend education aid cap

CONCORD - "I think it’s unfortunate communication doesn’t exist between the executive branch and the Legislature.’’

That’s code for I’m Senate President Chuck Morse, and I’m ticked off Attorney General Joe Foster would tell a judge the state can’t legally defend a cap on state education aid grants.

Morse told NH1 News he’s tired of state lawyers giving up.

"This is now the third lawsuit I’ve participated in as Senate president where we keep basically saying we’re not going to win the lawsuit and we settle them,’’ Morse says.

So House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Morse prevent the state from losing it right away and step directly into this case Dover brought against the cap.

And Dover’s private counsel mocks the move.

"Jasper and Morse; neither one of them went to their bodies and asked for a vote,’’ says private lawyer Andru Volinsky.

"So the guys who are complaining about disrespecting the legislature blew off their own bodies.”

The big winners if the state ends up paying $11.1 million? Bedford $4 million, Windham $2.9 million, Dover $1.5 million and Grantham $521,000.

Governor Maggie Hassan supports the AG saying, "The Legislature should do the right thing for our students in these towns and fully fund the districts.’’

This isn’t about the money. this is about Republican legislative leaders saying to the state’s top prosecutor do you job and defend us even if we’re wrong.

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