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A Nation Engaged: Economic opportunity in Southern California




Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Tensions are rising this election season over economic opportunity in the U.S. As part of this ongoing conversation, AirTalk joins NPR’s collaborative series, A Nation Engaged, to ask a panel of experts about the impact of Trump and Clinton’s plans on L.A.’s middle class.

Upon release of his expanded economic plan last Thursday, Trump touted a “Pro-Growth Tax Plan.” As reported by NPR, the plan would have only three individual tax brackets of 12, 25 and 33 percent, and lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. Clinton is calling for programs such as subsidized college tuition and a “Fair Share Surcharge” which would impose a 4 percent tax on those making more than $5 million a year.

But what does this mean for workers, small business owners and industry leaders in Southern California? And what areas are in the most need of a plan to help economic growth? Larry Mantle speaks to a roundtable of local and national economists to give voters the inside track to make their decision this November.

Series: A Nation Engaged

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. As part of our collaborative project with NPR called "A Nation Engaged," this week we're asking: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

Read more in this series and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook.

Guests:

Kevin Klowden, managing economist at the Milken Institute, where he also directs the California Center               

Raphael Bostic, Judith and John Bedrosian chair in governance and the public enterprise at USC’s Price School of Public Policy

Maria Elena Durazo, general vice president for immigration, diversity and civil rights for the nonprofit organization, UNITE HERE

Lou Baglietto, Los Angeles County Business Federation Advocacy Committee Chair