Aug. 02, 2019

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 The latest news from the State Capitol
Fighting Lyme Disease

The 2019-20 state budget includes $500,000 to fund operations at the Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab at East Stroudsburg University. The lab received a similar appropriation during the last fiscal year as part of a growing state effort to slow the spread of Lyme disease.

The funding supports a program that allows all state residents to have ticks found on them or a family member tested for free by the lab. All the details are available on the Tick Lab website at

Of the ticks submitted so far, 39% have tested positive for a tick-borne disease, confirming the health risks in Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth has led the nation in confirmed cases of the disease for three straight years and ticks carrying Lyme have been found in all 67 counties.
PennDOT Wants to Hear from You

To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2019 Highway Safety Survey.

The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted behaviors.

The survey is open until Monday, Aug. 12, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous.

Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts.
Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now

If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or up to $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach here. Learn more about the settlement and filing a claim here
Grants Available to Small Businesses and Farmers

The Department of Environmental Protection is offering grants to small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection projects.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses. Learn more here.
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