Lawyers square off over elimination of $300 jobless benefit; judge to issue decision soon

Sep. 3—A Superior Court judge avoided making a quick decision Friday after lawyers squared off for an hour over Gov. Chris Sununu’s mid-June termination of the $300 weekly unemployment benefit tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn, an appointee of former Democratic Gov. John Lynch, said she will study written submissions and issue an order in the near future.

The case was brought by four recipients of the federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which was instituted in March 2020 under the federal CARES Act.

Their lawyer, Michael Perez, said his clients want the chance

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