The Senate Tax Committee has a 60-session day time period to disapprove of Marcus Abood’s appointment to the MI Tax Tribunal. On February 26, 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Marcus Abood, of Lansing, to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Abood would serve the remainder of a four-year term commencing Feb. 29, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2019. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Abood previously served on the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The Tax Tribunal has ruled for big box stores and against local governments when these stores use the ‘dark store’ argument to get their property taxes substantially reduced. Marcus Abood served as a Tax Tribunal Judge previously and wrote the decision Menards v Escanaba that found in favor of Menards. Appointing Abood to a new position on the tribunal, the Governor is showing how completely out of touch he is with local government needs. Abood will serve the remainder of a four-year term commencing Feb. 29, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2019. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Rather than the Senate approving an appointment by positive action, the constitutional provision requires the Senate to disapprove an appointment within 60 session days after submission for consideration. In other words, no action by the Senate constitutes a confirmation of an appointment after 60 session days. The count of 60 session days commences when the secretary of the Senate receives written notification of an appointment from the governor’s office.
Please contact these Senators and ask that they disapprove of the Abood appointment ASAP.
Arlan Meekhof…… Senate Majority Leader
office – 517-373-6920 SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov
Jack Brandenburg (chair)
David Robertson (vice chair)