David Wagner

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The Southern California economy is strong, so why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck? I tell the stories of these Angelenos, their struggles and the many creative ways they make a living. I share information on strategies that can put people on the path to greater prosperity.

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Stories by David Wagner

Californians don't like the GOP tax plan — even many conservatives

In the words of one Californian: "Thank goodness I haven't had to talk to my tax dude yet...It's going to be such a bummer."

Senate tax plans has huge implications for Californians

After much back and forth, it appears now that the Senate is close to pushing through a massive re-write of the tax bill. After hours and hours of negotiations and deal-making, leading Senate Republicans say they have enough votes to get the job done.

What the Senate's tax vote means for California

This week, Senate Republicans are aiming to pass a number of changes that could significantly affect how much Californians pay in federal taxes.

House approves GOP tax overhaul, with Senate outlook uncertain

The vote for the $1.4 trillion overhaul was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states.

Could OC be the country's next tech hub?

Office rents are rising faster in Orange County than in San Francisco or L.A.'s Silicon Beach — but they're still lower than many other place, luring tech firms.

Amazon is hiring 3,000 people in the IE, but their jobs end at Christmas

Black Friday is just around the corner. And that means online retail giants like Amazon need more warehouse workers to pack and ship all those gifts you're buying online.

Senate tax plan takes more, gives some back to California homeowners

Tax policy experts say Californians who own a home or are looking to buy one shouldn't expect relief under either the House or Senate plan.

Tax plan could pump the brakes on CA's electric car market

California is a hotbed for electric cars. But some advocates are worried that Congress is about to end a key tax incentive helping this market get up to speed.

Would GOP tax plan help CA small businesses?

The GOP its tax plan would help small businesses through cuts for "pass-through" businesses. But some L.A. tax experts are unsure that it would.

GOP tax plan disproportionately hits SoCal homebuyers

Experts say the GOP tax plan will hit SoCal homebuyers whose mortgage interest deduction would be lowered while homeowners would also be affected.