(AP) New Hampshire's next Senate president calls himself a "numbers guy" with good reason. Salem Republican Chuck Morse has chaired the chamber's powerful Senate Finance Committee three of his four terms. A fiscal conservative, he was responsible this year for writing the chamber's version of the $10.7 billion state budget that doesn't rely on tax or fee increases. Once lawmakers agree on what department heads can spend running their agencies, the 52-year-old nursery owner doesn't believe in micromanaging them. Then it is up to them and the governor to live within the budget, he reasons. Morse will assume the Senate presidency Tuesday when Peter Bragdon relinquishes control amid criticism for taking a new job as executive director of the Local Government Center . Morse won the unanimous support of GOP senators last week, assuring him http://www.firstfinancialuk.com of the majority needed to replace Bragdon, of Milford. Morse said he admires how smoothly the Senate operated under Bragdon. He said he's also reaching out to past Senate presidents for tips on how to manage the 24-member chamber.
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