Dec. 13, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong#  The latest news from the State Capitol
Spotted Lanternfly Update

As the colder weather arrives, so do Spotted Lanternfly egg masses. During winter and early spring months, the best way to control future populations of the invasive insect is to destroy their egg masses before they hatch.

Find out where to look for the egg masses and how to destroy them in the latest edition of the Spotted Lanternflyer from the Department of Agriculture.
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania collected $2.36 billion in General Fund revenue in November, which was almost $2 million more than anticipated.

So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections total $12.7 billion, which is $166 million above the official estimate.

Learn more here.
Keystone Scholars Grants Available to New Parents

The Keystone Scholars program provides $100 grants to every child born or adopted to a Pennsylvania family, on or after Dec. 31, 2018, to be used for future postsecondary education expenses. The grant is seed money that’s meant to encourage families to start saving now.

The program does not use any taxpayer dollars. Keystone Scholars funds are invested as part of the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan, administered by the Treasury Department, and funded by surplus investment earnings, in addition to philanthropic donations.

Learn more here.
Protect Against the Flu

With more than 2,600 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu statewide, the Department of Health is urging residents who have not already gotten a flu vaccine to do so.

Guidelines recommend everyone 6 months of age and older should get the vaccine each season. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies from the vaccine to develop protection against infection.

To further prevent the spread of flu, residents are also encouraged to practice healthy habits such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, frequently washing your hands during flu season, and remembering to disinfect commonly touched objects such as door knobs, light switches, countertops, cell phones and computers.

If you do become sick with the flu, it is important to stay home and rest. If you are at risk for developing serious complications from the flu, or feel extremely ill, you should see a medical professional immediately.
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