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News Release
Furlough Day Prompts PUC Closure Friday Sept. 17th 
September 15, 2010 (2010-020)
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.  In response to budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, September 17th as Commission employees will take a mandatory unpaid furlough.
The September furlough day is the seventh of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period.  Each furlough day 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 September 20th 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 remaining mandatory unpaid furlough days are:
November 26, 2010
March 18, 2011
May 20, 2011