In a sign Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is not taking much lying down these days from the Senate Republicans, his office released a statement jabbing back at the pre-buttal from Majority Leader John Flanagan to the kick off of the State of the State tour.

In the statement, Flanagan urged Cuomo push issues of concern for middle-class residents in the state such as jobs, addressing heroin and opioid addiction and curtailing the state’s population decline.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi released this statement in response, referencing the failure to reach an agreement on a special session that could have led to a pay raise:

“No senator, the last thing the middle class needs is to give John Flanagan a pay raise from his 100,000 salary for a part time job‎,” he said.