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News Release
Public Utility Commission will be Closed Nov.27 for Unpaid Furlough Day
Nov. 23, 2009 (2009-019)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR.  The current recession has reduced state revenues, and has forced the Legislature to make deep cuts in agency budgets.  Coping with these cuts requires closing most state offices and facilities on the days listed below.  Public Utility Commission workers will take unpaid furloughs on those days.  The next unpaid furlough day is Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.
The closure on Nov. 27 is the second 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.
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 Nov. 30 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 
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 Commission will be closed the following days:
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009 
Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011