This afternoon the House and Senate both voted to override Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of the state budget bill, avoiding a government shutdown. The compromise budget measure will temporarily raise the state sales tax by half a percent, and raise meals and lodging taxes as well. The House voted 114-34 and the Senate voted 26-9. Those votes exceed the two thirds threshold needed to override the Governors veto. Governor LePage did not want to sign a budget bill that increases taxes, which he says hurts students and Maine seniors. Today’s votes mark the first time that the Democrat-controlled Legislature has overridden one of LePage’s more than 40 vetoes this session.