Pa. House rejects effort to consider a shale tax to help fund the budget

The House had an opportunity to force consideration of a shale tax to help fund the 2017-18 budget by using a rarely used tactic to force the discharge of severance tax bill from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

But that effort failed by a vote of 115-83 on Wednesday.

Where that leaves the revenue plan to fill the $2.2 billion revenue deficit in the 2017-18 budget remains in question at this point since a 5 percent statewide hotel tax also was proving unpopular with House members..

Gov. Tom Wolf is holding a news conference to discuss how he intends to manage the budget situation going forward without a fully funded budget.