Jim Haadsma

Hello, I’m Jim Haadsma.

As a proud member of this great community for the past 21 years, I’m running for State Representative to continue to fight for middle class families in House District 62.

Whether in my role as a Calhoun County Commissioner, or as an attorney specializing in labor relations and workers’ compensation, I have fought to ensure every family succeeds and our local economy thrives.

I will not stop fighting for you in Lansing.

I’m running for this seat to support my friends, my neighbors, my town, my family, and my community. Our kids deserve an education that prepares them for the best jobs of the future. You deserve roads that are not crumbling so you can get to work each day. Seniors deserve economic security in their retirement. And families deserve tax relief and some extra money in their pocket to take the family to the ballgame.

I want to be your voice in Lansing. Together, let’s work to improve our community and make Calhoun County a great place to live and work.

When I visited England as a student in 1979, I kept getting charged V.A.T. - Value Added Tax - when I'd go buy a meat-pie or some other crappy English food.
Nobody could really explain to me what this V.A.T. was, until one time I was in a pub in some poor part of London, and some guy named Bill explained that "the V.A.T.'s what us working blokes get to keep us poor."
And I thought of that today, while the MI House Republicans conspire to eliminate the state income tax, presumably to be replaced with a regressive consumption tax.
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I'm told U.S. Representative Justin Amash is coming to Battle Creek this Thursday at 12 noon, to do a Town Hall at Full Blast downtown.
Rep. Amash doesn't come here often, so, if you don't work, you might wish to join the Tea Party and see if you might get to ask him a question.
This reminds me of former Cubs manager Lee Elia's rant about Cubs fans: "They don't even work! That's why they're out at the game! Tell 'em to go out and get a job and find out what it's like to earn a living! 85% of the world works, the other 15% come [to hear Justin Amash]!"
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Today some rabid majority of some MI House committee rushed a bill out of committee hearing in an hour and a half, on an issue with enormous public policy ramifications for our state.
This bill would ultimately abolish the state income tax, leaving a $1 billion per year hole in the state budget, without any idea from where the shortfall is made up.
Even Gov. Snyder's opposed to this bill.
These state legislators pushing this bill are amateurs, a product of the poor quality of politicians brought to us by term limits.
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One time in 2009 Terris Todd invited some women to the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners meeting to make a presentation at the meeting's outset about some direct-sales business offering nutritional supplements, body-shaping girdles, and sexual stimulants.
Becky Rocco then commented that the County Board, by allowing this presentation, in no way endorsed these products.
I thought of that caveat today, when I heard how Kellyanne Conway was endorsing Ivanka Trump merchandise on Fox News.
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I've already renewed my car registration before the first of the year, to beat my 2017 birthday tax. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday morning at the State Of The City address the mayor, exhorting us to relentlessly talk positively about Battle Creek, read us a quote from somebody telling his son to toughen up, that life's hard, and then asked us to guess who was it who so sagely advised his son.
I was going to guess Arthur Miller or Thomas Wolfe, but thought they'd think I read books and wouldn't vote for me, so I kept quiet.
"Rocky Balboa, to his son," the mayor answered.
"He's not a real person," I protested to the guy next to me.
Then I added, questioning authority again, "Rocky had a son?"
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I'm currently reading Henry David Thoreau's "Walden", mostly because I've never read it, even though there was a bookstore at the mall named after the book.
(It's kind of a dense narrative, and I'm not sure anybody's read the whole book since, say, the Woodrow Wilson administration.)
Anyway, the book has some shorter, pithy sentences, like this one, in the "Economy" chapter:
"Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all circumstances and climates."
We can and will persevere.
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Tonight I was driving between Battle Creek and Lansing, and I heard the radio story about Kellogg's announcing its plan to lay off 250 more employees as part of its Project K program.
Then I heard an NPR story about some place called Holdenville, Oklahoma, where there are "a lot of empty buildings, empty houses", but a man who runs a martial arts studio in a closed-down hardware store building said this, about his hometown pride:
"I think everyone needs to have pride in something - if you don't have pride in something, then you lose hope."
I have pride in Battle Creek.
I have hope for Battle Creek.
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I got in my car tonight, turned the ignition key, and then heard Rick Snyder stumbling to read, as fast as he could, his State of the State address, right when he was giving his prescription for skills training:
"We've got to get our companies more pro-active in offering tours."
Really, who elects "proud nerd[s]" like this guy?
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Tonight the KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation brought nationally-recognized labor economist and author Dr. Julianne Malveaux to Battle Creek to speak about the legacy of Dr. King in the era of Donald Trump.
After noting the sacrilege to Dr. King's name by including Trump's name in the same sentence, Dr. Malveaux instructed us on how to go forward over the next 2 years.
When I asked how we challenge John Bizon when he supported Trump, and when he got a significant portion of his campaign financing from Betsy and Dick DeVos, Dr. Malveaux responded, "Start right now!"
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146 S. Lincoln Blvd
Battle Creek, MI 49015