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.

I read this week that Norway is now the happiest place in the world.
This happiness is associated with high per capita incomes and very little income disparity.
I thought about Norway, Michigan, and about Michigan, and then about Beecher, and the Post Addition, and the Battle Creek Country Club, and Grand Blanc, and the Buick Open.
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This will be a relevant topical meeting.
Dayton, Ohio has brought neighborhoods back with this initiative.
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Welcoming Cities & Sanctuary Cities: What does it all mean?

March 22, 2017, 7:00pm

Join us on March 22nd in the Davidson Auditorium(D201), at the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center. The CCDP monthly meeting will feature Battle Creek City Commissioner Kate Flores presenting "Welcoming Cities and Sanctuary Cities: What does it all mean?" In April of 2016, Battle Creek City Commissioners voted to make Battle Creek officially a "Welcoming City" for immigrants and refugees. What does that mean? How is a welcoming city different from a sanctuary city? What is expected in regard to immigrants in Calhoun County with the new executive orders? How can immigrants stay safe? There will be time for Q&A, so bring out a friend or two, and come join the discussion!

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Tonight I heard a speaker say, "This year has been off the hook strange."
And she was just talking about the weather, in relation to how we might start planting peas already.
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This afternoon I learned of a client's hospitalization upon carbon monoxide inhalation last night at her residence on W. Michigan near Limit Street.
I too learned that her 11 years old daughter died last night from the same carbon monoxide exposure.
This all happened because they lost their heat, apparently because of inability to pay, and were running a gas generator to power a kerosene heater.
How, in this day, do we have such great economic disparity in our community?
How does John Bizon, living in the same city, enjoy his own in-home theater, and go to Lansing to be fed by lobbyists, and sponsor a bill to cut Medicaid to the least of us, and this girl, from the same city, die because her family can't pay a utility bill?
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This past Friday the EPA suspended implementation of a rule which would compel mining companies to demonstrate financial solvency to remediate mining-related water pollution before being allowed to start mining activities.
Absent this rule, mining companies may pollute waterways, finish extracting the minerals, and then file bankruptcy, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill of remediating water pollution.
"That's called smart business," Republicans cry.
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I walked Community Action's "Walk For Warmth" this morning, like I always do.
I only tell you this because, like they always do, a couple Republican politicians came to speak and eat muffins before the fundraising walk, and then they went away.
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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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