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Next state closure day occurs on Friday, April 16
 
April 14, 2010 (2010-009)
 
Contacts:  Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR.  Because of  budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, April 16, and 26,500 state employees will take mandatory unpaid furloughs on that day.
 
The closure on April 16 is the fourth of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period. Each day of closure will save an estimated $2 million in personnel costs. While the closures affect both management and non-management employees, many state workers will take up to four additional days of unpaid furlough on a floating basis over the remainder of the biennium.
 
“We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause to the public, and we look forward to restoration of a full work schedule for all state agencies when the economy returns to its normal strength,” said Executive Director Rick Willis.
 
Please call your utility company if you wish to make payment arrangements or check on the status of a payment.  If you have questions regarding a water, natural gas, electric or telephone company regulated by the Commission, please contact the Commission’s Consumer Services Division when we reopen Monday April 19th between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm toll free at 1-800-522-2404.
 
Applications for the Telephone Assistance Programs are available online at http://www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/rspf/index.aspx  
 
State Web sites offer information on closures.
 
The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has published information about Friday’s closure and furloughs on the state’s Web site (www.Oregon.gov), along with a schedule of the remaining closure days. Members of the public can also find out which state offices will remain open on the closure days. 
 
The state has scheduled the following dates as closure days with mandatory unpaid furloughs (all are Fridays):
 
October 16, 2009
November 27, 2009
March 19, 2010
April 16, 2010
June 18, 2010
August 20, 2010
September 17, 2010
November 26, 2010
March 18, 2011
May 20, 2011
 
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