LePage vetoes bill targeting tax havens, 14 others

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aims to prevent companies from avoiding paying taxes in Maine by holding their profits overseas in tax havens.

The bill was one of 15 the Republican governor vetoed on Monday.

Democrats said the bill would save the state $10 million and is a matter of fairness.

But in his veto letter, LePage said it illustrates Democrats' desire to "drive Maine into an economic wilderness and kill existing and future jobs" to score political points.

LePage also vetoed a bill that would force the state to rewrite contentious metallic mineral mining rules.

Others would expand Medicaid coverage for women's health services like cancer screenings and birth control and provide more children with private insurance coverage for autism treatment.


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