AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that could require Maine motorists to pay higher vehicle registration fees.

In his veto message Friday afternoon, LePage said lawmakers in Augusta should be focused on growing the economy, not taking more money from citizens.

He also asked why lawmakers are sending him bills that are likely to be vetoed, without sufficient support.

The vetoed bill addresses motor vehicle licensing and registration service fees collected and retained by municipalities. The renewal of a license or registration would increase from $3 to $5, and the allowable service fee for a new license or registration would increase from $4 to $6.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Alan Casavant, said the measure would have helped cash-strapped cities and towns cover the cost of that basic duty.

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