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Businesses don’t want to be woke. They want to survive.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says businesses will be more interested in Michigan if voters approve a proposal to ensure abortion remains legal in the state.

“I want to walk into Indiana and Ohio and eat their lunch,” she said last month. “This is a huge opportunity for us.”

It’s not that companies want to be woke.

It’s that they want to survive.

Among the latest fronts in the nation’s culture wars is conservative pushback against corporate support for anti-racism, LGBTQ+ protections and benefits seeking to ensure that employees have access to reproductive health care.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a press conference introducing new economic development projects Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Ron DeSantis’ attacks on Disney are the highest-profile of these skirmishes, along with politicians in states that are restricting abortion access threatening to retaliate against businesses that, for example, offer travel benefits for employees seeking abortions.

At one level, it seems odd that business – the bedrock of conservative politics over many decades – would align with progressives on such issues.

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