Maine governor vetoes 5 bills

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed five bills including one that he said would've increased taxes on movie rentals, cable bills and services for people with intellectual disabilities.

LePage on Friday decried the bill entitled "An Act to Correct Minor Technical Errors and Inconsistencies in the Unified Budget Bill." He said it was neither minor nor technical.

The governor said he remains opposed to tax increases, which he said reduce prosperity and drive businesses, individuals and families out of Maine. And he warned the Democratic-controlled Legislature that it's time to make "tough choices instead of turning to taxes as the answer."

LePage isn't afraid to wield his pen to veto bills he doesn't like. In the last session, he rejected more than 80 bills, easily breaking the record among modern governors.


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