From the Morning Memo:

In a sign the budget talks are underway in earnest, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the top legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate huddled on Wednesday morning, sources said.

The meeting itself wasn’t officially advised in advance as is sometimes the case, a sign that for now officials want to keep a tight lid on the talks.

It’s not clear if this is the very first legislative leaders meeting between Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan of the year.

Cuomo is pushing publicly for a $15 minimum wage, phased in over several years from the current $9, as well as a 12-week paid family leave program.

In the Senate, Republicans are concerned with the minimum wage increase’s impact on businesses, while Assembly Democrats have their own proposal for paid family leave that has an alternative funding method of expanding the temporary disability insurance fund.

The budget is due March 31, the final day of the state’s fiscal year.