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PUC Will Be Closed March 18th for Cost-Saving Furlough Day
March 14, 2011
Salem, OR.  In response to budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, March 18, 2011 when Commission employees will take another mandatory unpaid furlough day.
The March furlough day is the ninth 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 March 21 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
The final mandatory unpaid furlough day for the 2009-2011 budget period is May 20, 2011.