On Friday, July 24, 2009, state Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. joined about 20 state employees who came to protest over the fact the current budget impasse could result in them not getting paid. "They came to make their voices heard, and I hear them," Eichelberger explained. "I've said all along that the governor should be paying state employees. I've shared a legal opinion prepared by attorneys in our caucus that says they should be paid. I don't know how much more clear I can be, so I decided to join them in protesting the governor's decision." Eichelberger held a sign that said, "Stop Payless Paydays" and stood along Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg just in front of his office, joining the state employees who face not being paid in trying to rally support from passersby. "Hey, I stopped getting paid on June 30, so I'm in the same boat that they are in," said Eichelberger. "It just made sense to join in." 016p1_xlg.jpg