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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor's Budget Veto
06/26/2013 02:00 PM ET  

Lawmakers in both legislative chambers voted to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the state budget, averting a possible state shutdown.

A possible state shutdown was averted today after the Maine Senate went along with the House and voted to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the compromise staet budget.

The Senate vote was 26 to 9, more than the two-thirds needed for an override. Earlier today, the House voted to override LePage's veto by a vote of 114 to 34.

LePage vetoed the budget on Monday because it includes temporary tax increases. He had called on lawmakers to pass a 60-day spending plan to keep the government operating while they work out a new budget.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said that plan didn't pass constitutional muster. The LePage administration disagreed.

But many Republican lawmakers today said that while they don't like the budget's half-cent sales tax increase and 1 percent hike in the meals and lodging tax, they'd rather go along with the compromise plan than see a state shutdown, something that hasn't occurred in Maine since 1991.

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