OLYMPIA – The Finch Arboretum would get a share of the money raised by a new license plate the features the state tree under a bill approved Monday by the House.
The plate with the Western hemlock would be added to the dozens of specialty plates available in the state, carrying a $40 fee when new and $30 for a renewal. An estimate by Office of Financial Management projects it would raise about $140,000 over the next five years.
Originally written to send all the money to the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, but an amendment pushed by Spokane Reps. Jeff Holy and Marcus Riccelli to make it a “statewide bill” would send 15 percent to the Finch Arboretum in west Spokane. The revised bill now goes to the Senate.