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.

Sometimes I hear proportional statements, and they seem so impossible to comprehend they don't register.
On Thursday evening I attended a lecture, and the speaker said the 37 wealthiest people in America have a combined net worth of the 150 million poorest people in America.
I did some some quick division, and that means one single person has more wealth than 4 thousand other Americans combined.
I didn't understand this.
Maybe the speaker meant the 37 wealthiest people in the universe, compared to 150 million amoebae on some other planet.
Maybe the lecturer was wrong.
He must have been wrong.
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This is important news.
I know it's an office holiday party kind of evening, but you can do this first, and then go out.
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Protecting the Wages of Michigan Workers

December 8, 2017, 6:00pm - December 8, 2017, 8:00pm

Join Michigan Made Great and learn about the injustices Michigan workers are facing, and what we can do to combat it! Be ready to learn about why the minimum matters for everyone and your rights as a worker. Discussion will be led by County Commissioner Jake Smith. This event is free and open to the public!

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This afternoon I heard a radio interview of a couple people doing relief activities on the ground in Puerto Rico, and a man was telling the story of one woman who was hopeful of hanging on for 6 more months, until they got her power back on.
Can you imagine? We grouse about a power outage of 30 minutes, and how something like that screws up our work day.
So I'm thankful for something we take for granted - electrical power, which allows me to tap out this message right now.
And I have empathy for all the people of Puerto Rico just trying to live.
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Inexperienced, insurance lobby-led legislators come up with have your cake and eat it too schemes like MI House bill 5013, a proposed auto no-fault "reform" law to "save" auto drivers insurance premium dollars.
But the auto drivers don't save.
They just pay less for really crappy coverage.
It's like getting into a car without brakes, without seat belts, and taking off.
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They cut the ACA open enrollment from 3 months to 6 weeks.
They cut the ACA navigators funding by 90%.
So what do we do, when they sabotage the health care opportunities of some of our most vulnerable citizens?
We push back, and get people enrolled now.
The ACA enrollment period starts today, and ends December 15.
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Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final payday loan rule, which - unless the Republican Congress overturns the rule - could go into effect in 2019.
If the new rule stands, cash-strapped consumers might find relief at banks and credit unions, at an eighth of the price of borrowing from payday lenders.
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Sometimes I'm puzzled by state budget decisions on what to leave in and what to leave out.
I really like Lowell, and the Lowell Showboat, but the Lowell city manager recently said that committing local tax dollars to fund a replacement for the Lowell Showboat "would have been very tough to do."
So a Lowell Republican state senator, chair of the MI Senate Appropriations Committee, came to the rescue, granting $1 million dollars from the 2017-18 state budget to help replace the Lowell Showboat.
In short, because Lowell local taxpayers don't want to pay the freight associated with replacing the Robert E. Lee paddlewheel showboat, the rest of us from places like Battle Creek and Albion get stuck with the bill.
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When I was a boy I'd hear the phys-ed teacher talking about the President's Council On Physical Fitness, and I always thought that President Nixon himself might show up unannounced to time me.
Anyway, this weekend I was reading the newspaper and learned that Betsy DeVos just appointed John Engler to become chairman of a national education assessment board.
"Well," I said to myself, "at least they didn't appoint him to become chair of the President's Council On Physical Fitness."
Then I thought again of the fox in the henhouse quality of appointing John Engler to chair a national education policy board.
"Not yet, anyway," I said to myself, about John Engler leading a physical fitness council.
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There's a new state House package of bills just assigned to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee (by the way, who comes up with these state House committee names - Indiana?) that, if passed, would speed up - from 2019 to 2018 - elimination of Michigan's double-whammy Driver Responsibility Fees.
There are a lot of people riding bicycles around Battle Creek who aren't in bicycle shorts, in the wrong direction of bicycle lanes, who aren't going to work, who barely survive, because of (among other variables) Driver Responsibility Fees.
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