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CHARLES TOWN – West Virginia’s state lawmakers reconvene next week to begin another busy 60-day lawmaking session.  

Recurring stand-out themes of state employee pay raises, education funding and tax reform remain primary agenda goals, according to Jefferson County’s state lawmakers. However, even though the county’s delegation members broadly agree on some details, what the lawmakers ultimately accomplish is generally less than lawmakers initially hope, observed Delegate Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson), who as House majority whip is responsible for measuring the support among Republicans for all legislative measures in the lower chamber. 

“There are lots of things that I think any one of us legislators may want to accomplish, but we have to face reality,” Espinosa said. “The system is kind of designed to make it difficult to get a bill across the finish line.”

Speaking at a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce gathering last month,

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