In the absence of a successful mating, pheromone-arrested Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells reenter the mitotic cycle through a recovery process that involves downregulation of the mating mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade. We have isolated a novel gene, POG1, whose promotion of recovery parallels that of the MAPK phosphatase Msg5. POG1 confers alpha-factor resistance when overexpressed and enhances alpha-factor sensitivity when deleted in the background of an msg5 mutant. Overexpression of POG1 inhibits alpha-factor-induced G1 arrest and transcriptional repression of the CLN1 and CLN2 genes. The block in transcriptional repression occurs at SCB/MCB promoter elements by a mechanism that requires Bck1 but not Cln3. Genetic tests strongly argue that POG1 promotes recovery through upregulation of the CLN2 gene and that the resulting Cln2 protein promotes recovery primarily through an effect on Ste20, an activator of the mating MAPK cascade. A pog1 cln3 double mutant displays synthetic mutant phenotypes shared by cell-wall integrity and actin cytoskeleton mutants, with no synthetic defect in the expression of CLN1 or CLN2. These and other results suggest that POG1 may regulate additional genes during vegetative growth and recovery.