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Charleston businesses get boost when lawmakers come to roost

By BETH GORCZYCA

For the Charleston Gazette-Mail

To accommodate the increased need for parking spaces during the annual 60-day legislative sessions, the right west-bound lane of Kanawha Boulevard is closed to traffic and used for parking.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For 60 days every year, Charleston gets a lot more crowded.

Lawmakers from across the state converge on the Capitol to make new laws, revisit old laws and plot out the future of West Virginia. And along the way, they pour money, lots of money, into Kanawha County’s economy.

But getting hard numbers on just how big of an economic impact the Legislature may have on the local economy is difficult. Local officials are unaware of any studies that measure how much money the session generates for Charleston and Kanawha County, but anecdotally, they say it definitely has an impact.

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