Laura McCrystal covers everything about taxes, government revenue, and how such policies impact people in Philadelphia and beyond. She previously covered news in Montgomery County, including Bill Cosby's trial.

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How Clarence Thomas used a civil case against Bill Cosby to call for a reexamination of libel laws

A U.S. Supreme Court announcement that it will not consider a defamation case involving Bill Cosby came with a twist: Justice Clarence Thomas called for a reconsideration of the nation’s libel laws.

EPA announces ‘action plan’ to address water contamination near military bases in Bucks and Montco

Speaking in Philadelphia, the EPA said it will “move forward” with the process of creating a drinking-water limit for the PFAS chemicals that have tainted drinking water and groundwater in communities nationwide.

EPA says it has a plan to address PFAS in drinking water — and will announce it in Philly tomorrow

The EPA will travel to Philadelphia and announce plans to regulate how much PFAS can be in drinking water. The chemicals, used in firefighting foams on military bases, have affected drinking water nationwide.

Could a tax on video games help prevent school shootings? One Pa. lawmaker hopes so.

Rep. Christopher Quinn said the tax revenue would be distributed to school districts undergoing projects to improve safety, such as installing bulletproof glass, metal detectors, or security cameras.

Philly homeowners hit snags with new law allowing payment of 2018 taxes while appealing 2019 values

Because the city is not issuing new property tax bills for homeowners with pending assessment appeals, they may not be able to benefit from a new law offering relief during the appeal process.

Pa. weighs up to $30 million a year in tax breaks for historic preservation projects

After a report said Pennsylvania's historic preservation tax credit is too small, some lawmakers are proposing increasing its annual cap from $3 million to $30 million.

Navy searching for new landfill to take contaminated soil from site of Willow Grove base

The Navy has finished excavating contaminated soil from the former base and will store it on site until it can be transported elsewhere.

N.J. landfill backs out of plan to accept contaminated soil from Willow Grove military base

After environmental activists voiced concern, a New Jersey landfill that had agreed to take contaminated soil from the Willow Grove base backed out.

Philly property owners won’t have to pay increased taxes while they appeal 2019 assessments

Mayor Jim Kenney warned that the legislation will jeopardize about $22 million in tax payments and could harm the school district. Up to $15 million in school funding will be delayed as a result.

Members of Congress will ‘put pressure on the EPA’ to address PFAS-contaminated water

A House task force wants the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per-and polyfuoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as hazardous substances and regulate how much of the chemicals can be present in drinking water.