- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.

The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor’s veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.

It was amended to allow the funds to also be used to help low-income residents buy heat pumps. The rebates would be paid for by adding roughly 60 cents a year to Mainers’ utility bills.

LePage said he opposes the bill because it raises utility rates. He says it’s a “particularly painful time to impose an additional tax on electricity” as rates have already increased for many residents this year.

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