AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage wants to get two new canine buddies named Sustain and Override for his dogs Jack and Veto.

LePage’s dogs made an appearance on his weekly interview Tuesday on WVOM-FM. The dogs barked in the background as the Republican governor criticized a newly approved 3 percent surtax on Maine individual incomes above $200,000.

LePage wants to cut Maine’s top marginal rate, but said Tuesday he won’t propose a sales tax increase.

The governor laughed as he said he’s trying to get his wife to allow him to get more dogs. His suggested names of Sustain and Override come as a sharply divided legislature makes its way to Augusta.

LePage, Maine’s all-time veto champ, said he picked the name Veto because the Jack Russell terrier’s a “defender of the Maine people.”

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