Augusta – Less than 24 hours after signing a bill banning single-use plastic bags, Governor Janet Mills reversed her decision following outcry from some of her closest and wealthiest supporters.
Several people close to the governor use the bags to clean up droppings from their dogs, and one dog owner worried what the impact will have on his Islesboro summer cottage.
“If [my dog] Her Royal Majesty Miss Queensmary Rosebloom isn’t picked up after, her leavings could upset the pH balance of the sod we just laid down,” said Robert Brahmin of Cambridge, MA.
Brahmin said the plastic bags are the only thing protecting his hands from the dog droppings.
“I might have to instruct my caretaker to remove them using the tractor,” he said, but noted it will introduce even more problems to the lush lawn.
“With our new sprinkler system, there’s a real danger he might break one of the heads.”
Brahmin said as an environmentalist, he does what he can, buying carbon credits to off-set his business trips and vacationing only at green Caribbean resorts, but said “this ban goes too far!”
Governor Mills was quick to respond to the pleas of her wealthy friends, but promises a compromise that will satisfy everyone.
According to the governor’s office, the ban will be postponed for a year while funds for repairing Maine’s roads are instead earmarked for a new program of state-subsidized doggy-bags.