A bill that would increase the minimum wage in Virginia has been delayed by Gov. Ralph Northam until May 1.

The bill, which was in its final stages, was set to go into effect Friday, but the state’s General Assembly approved an amendment by Northam to delay the legislation so that pandemic-stricken businesses could first have more time to recover, local ABC News affiliate WHSV reported.

Kim Bobo of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy expressed disappointment in the delay, but agreed with Northam moving up payday lending reforms set for July to go into effect on Jan. 1 instead.

“Advocates felt like it was a, on some level, reasonable exchange,” Bobo said, WHSV reported. “If we go forward with a minimum wage increase in May, you know it would have been better in January for people but again, it’s understandable and I think most advocates were accepting of the change.”

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