PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine governor's phased reopening plan that includes an extended stay-at-home order through the end of the month will cost thousands of jobs and spur economic turmoil, Republican members of the state Senate said Monday.

The charge from the GOP came after some Republican members of the Maine House of Representatives called on Democratic leaders to call the state Legislature back into session to end the state of civil emergency declared by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Republicans in the state have been signalling growing buyer's remorse since the Maine Legislature gave Mills more powers with a March vote that passed unanimously without a roll call.

Mills placed the state under a stay-at-home order until May 31 and has announced a phased plan of reopening that began on Friday.

The Senate Republicans said Mills' decision “could devastate families in our districts” because of the loss of businesses and jobs. They also charged Mills with failing to collaborate with them on managing the response to the outbreak, which has killed 57 people in Maine.

“We must learn to adapt to the new reality that there is now another potentially deadly virus among us with which we must learn to coexist in a way that protects the health of all Mainers,” they said in a statement.

Mills's office has defended the governor's plan as the best way to protect both health and the economy.

“Her administration’s goal has always been, and continues to be, to listen to the legislature, both Democrats and Republicans alike, as much as possible amid a constantly changing and dangerous public health crisis,” said Lindsay Crete, a Mills spokesperson.

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Maine had more than 1,200 total cases of the virus through Monday. The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.



A retired Maine soldier known for his work with fellow injured veterans said the state's stay-at-home orders are hurting his business. Travis Mills, who is unrelated to the governor, runs Lakeside Lodge & Marina in East Winthrop.

Mills told FOX News he's concerned about not being able to book rooms until deeper into the summer. He said the virus is worth taking seriously, but Maine needs rules that work for a rural state with a smaller population than New York or Massachusetts.



A restaurateur who defied Mills’ emergency orders by opening for dining on Friday said he’s ready to do it again.

Rick Savage said he’s opening his Sunday River Brewing Co. on Tuesday after inquiring with Sen. Susan Collins’ local office about his federal license for beer making. He was told that the state's revocation of his food and liquor licenses wouldn't affect his federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit.

Savage reiterated his criticism of Mills, saying she needs to act more swiftly to reopen the economy. His restaurant, in Bethel, is independent from the Sunday River ski area



A major leather finishing plant in Maine said the pandemic’s “devastating impact” on demand is going to put it out of business.

Continued operations at the former Prime Tanning plant in Hartland are “impossible” because of the loss of business and the lack of clarity on when demand will resume, said Norman Tasman, president of Tasman Leather Group. “We will begin winding down our operations with a goal of closing the plant late in summer,” Tasman said in a statement.

Tasman produces “Made in the USA” leather for footwear, garments, handbags and the military.


Associated Press writer David Sharp contributed.