June 29, 2022
🥖 Welcome to Wednesday, June 29 — also known as Wawa Hoagie Day.
- Stop by Independence Mall for free hoagies, served at noon. More info.
☀️ The sun is here to stay. Clear skies and a high of 86.
Today's newsletter is 855 words, a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Abortion providers prepare for rise in demand
Pennsylvania abortion providers and funds are ramping up resources in anticipation of an influx of out-of-state patients following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
By the numbers: Planned Parenthood Keystone estimates 8,500 out-of-state patients may flock to Pennsylvania to seek abortion care this year, particularly from Ohio and West Virginia where laws significantly curtail abortion access.
- The increased demand from out-of-state patients could place extra strain on already struggling providers.
What's happening: The Abortion Liberation Fund of PA increased its funding for the next fiscal year from $610,000 to roughly $838,000.
- Yes, but: Even with the extra money, the organization might not be able to meet the need, the nonprofit's executive director Elicia Gonzales told Axios. Last year, the fund used around $667,000 worth of funding to help 3,200 people pay for abortions, but the need was closer to 7,000.
- Plus, out-of-state patients have additional expenses, such as costs for travel and missed days of work.
Lindsey Mauldin, VP of public policy and advocacy for Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania, tells Axios she expects clinics in western and central Pennsylvania to see a surge in new patients.
- But for now, clinics across Pennsylvania have been fielding calls from patients who want to ensure they still have access to care. Mauldin says the immediate priority is reminding people that abortion is still legal in the state.
Providers are also working with law enforcement and preparing for more protests outside clinics, Mauldin says.
- The organization deploys trained volunteers through their patient escort program to ensure people enter the clinics safely.
What to watch: Republican legislators and political candidates are pushing to limit abortion access in Pennsylvania.
2. 🇨🇦 Charted: Thinking about moving?
In the hours and days after the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion overturning Roe, more Philly residents than usual were searching how to move to Canada, which has more permissive abortion laws — a search trend reflected nationally.
3. Fourth of July fireworks prices skyrocket
Philadelphians looking to buy Fourth of July fireworks may face hiked prices and potentially less variety this year, according to Phantom Fireworks CEO Bruce Zoldan.
- Zoldan tells Axios that they had to raise prices around 30% due to higher shipping and labor costs.
- The fireworks industry has seen shipping costs increase since 2019 from around $10,000 to $45,000 per shipping container, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.
- "In many cases, the cost of shipping was more than the cost of the goods in the container," Zoldan says, noting that the majority of fireworks are imported to the U.S. from China.
Between the lines: Zoldan adds that his company is having to pay "more for the labor we can get."
- "If you want to have employees ... the only way you can get them is to pay more money and you still can't get enough," he says.
Despite price hikes, Zoldan says sales are about the same as last year.
- While there's been less pre-holiday shopping so far, he expects that to change as many delay purchases until just before their celebration.
- Some may opt to celebrate at home this year due to rising travel costs.
- Zoldan notes that shelves are full now in their showrooms — including the three just outside Philly in Penndel, Lansdale and Upland — but the hot-selling items will likely be gone in the next two to three days. And, long lines are likely to start July 1.
4. News Market
⚖️ Authorities charged a pizza shop owner with lying to federal investigators and setting his own business on fire, causing a Fairhill building collapse that killed a firefighter. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
⏳ Pennsylvania lawmakers still haven't announced a budget deal and the deadline is two days away. (AP)
🏗 A new Navy Yard plan calls for $6 billion in new investment and nearly 9 million square feet of development over the next 20 years. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
More LGBTQ families are turning to estate planning to enshrine spousal and parental rights after Justice Clarence Thomas suggested the U.S. Supreme Court should reconsider cases protecting same-sex relationships and marriage equality. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
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5. 📧 1 farewell to go: My last email
👋🏾 Taylor, here. This is my last newsletter for Axios Philadelphia.
Thank you for waking up with Mike and I since we launched last year. I'm honored that you allowed me to tell you the news in your inbox, every morning.
- Also, thank you for the infinite food, books and cat-training tips you've sent me during my time here.
I'm incredibly proud of the product and I'm looking forward to its future success from afar.
- But not too far since I'm staying in Philly.
What's next: My amazing editors, Alexa Mencia and Shane Savitsky, will be holding down the fort for a while. You'll be in good hands, don't worry.
✨ Taylor is going to miss talking to you every morning.