Philly losing funds as workers continue working from home
The Philadelphia area is seeing plummeting finances due to how the area is taxed and as workers who live in the suburbs continue working remotely. A talk between The Philly Inquirer’s “Future of Work” editor Ezequiel Minaya and Lauren Aguirre.
Below is an excerpt:
What is the Future of Work project, and what does it mean to be its editor?
The Future of Work is a yearlong project, supported by a $500,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation, that aims to look at the challenges and opportunities that Philadelphia faces to create more family-sustaining jobs. The Future of Work, an expansive and ambitious if amorphous subject to tackle, is a hot topic. Though the growing importance of the topic is still emerging, especially considering the pandemic and the racial reckoning underway, the Philadelphia Inquirer has jumped in with two feet and must be regarded as among the leaders nationwide in contemplating the question.
To be the editor of this pursuit is, quite simply, a dream job. The Inquirer is one of the great American newspapers. I can say that all I want, but I genuinely appreciate that fact now, four months into my assignment, after experiencing just how brilliant, resilient, and collegial my coworkers are.
What is something new you’ve learned while working on the project?
I have to say that I learn something new every day. The project has been a crash course in Philadelphia and Philadelphian culture and pride.
Is there a story that was published recently (or will soon) that you’re particularly proud of?
I think the Future of Work project has had a strong start, so I’m proud of the work in its totality.
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