Richmond, Virginia — Citing economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed an amendment to a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage that would delay its implementation several months, his office announced Sunday. The governor’s office also said he had signed bills that make sweeping changes to voting in Virginia by repealing the state’s voter ID law, making Election Day a state holiday and expanding access to early voting.The governor wants the wage increase to kick in May 1, 2021, instead of in January 2021. Northam, a Democrat, proposed the same May effective date for a number of other labor-related measures, including a bill that would allow limited public sector collective bargaining. “This will ensure workers get the support they need while allowing greater economic certainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” his office said in a news release.Advocates for workers had urged the governor to sign the bills without a delay. Business groups had lobbied Northam to delay or veto the measures, saying they would strain employers and add costs for taxpayers.The Democrat-controlled General Assembly is scheduled to take up the governor’s vetoes and amendments during a one-day session later this month.Northam’s chief of staff,

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