OLYMPIA — House Democrats in Washington state have dropped their plan to extend the state’s beer tax.

Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle, one of the chamber’s budget writers, said the tax might have been subjected to a ballot challenge from large beer companies. He said it could have created problems for the larger goal of increasing education funding.

The tax extension would have raised a projected $60 million over two years. Lawmakers are under pressure from the state Supreme Court to increase school funding.