Wash. beer tax may not be extended

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial state beer tax may be on the way out.

House Democrats said Tuesday they had dropped a plan to extend the current special tax on beer. The State Senate had already approved a budget without the beer tax extension.

The House Democrats also decided Tuesday to keep some special tax breaks for some professions, including insurance agents and dockworkers.

"Some of those items were particularly distracting from our success," Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle said. "Goal No. 1 is to be successful at getting a revenue package to fully fund public education."

However, the House and Senate still have to work out whether to continue other business taxes that would raise $620 million over the next two years.