FlanaganFrom the Morning Memo:

With the stage set over a key policy debate in the coming weeks over a $15 minimum wage in New York, Senate Republicans today will hold a hearing on the issue.

Set to testify to the Senate Labor Committee, which is chaired by potential congressional candidate Jack Martins, include labor leaders like George Gresham, the 1199 SEIU president who is leading the $15 minimum wage campaign named in honor of the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Also testifying are business groups ranging from the Business Council and the National Federation of Independent Business — both of which have opposed the wage proposal over concerns it will impact jobs — to the Retail Council New York, a group that has supported wage hikes given the potential to generate economic activity.

Not yet confirmed is Acting Labor Secretary Roberta Reardon, who Senate Republicans say was invited to speak before the committee.

Republican lawmakers have been critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for raising the minimum wage through his executive power, including the use of a wage board within the Department of Labor to increase the wage to $15 over the next several years for fast-food workers.

The legality of the wage board action is being challenged by restaurant owners.

Still, Senate Republicans have not definitively ruled out a wage increase of some sort this legislative session.

“The real issue,” said Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, “is what it’s going to do to small businesses and especially if upstate New York can afford the increase.”

The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Albany.