Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco signaled Monday he would opposed efforts backed by Assembly Democrats to preserve a tax on those who earn more than $1 million.

It doesn’t sound like the right way to go,” the Syracuse Republican told WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “If you are going to try to demand the wealthiest, the leaders in business in many cases, I think you are just contradicting good public policy to bring businesses and their leaders here.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie last week in his opening remarks for the 2017 legislative session announced he would push to preserve high rates on the wealthy that are set to expire at the end of the year, potentially putting him at odds with both Senate Republicans and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been uneasy with tax increases in the past.

Cuomo ultimately agreed to preserving a tax hike on the rich in a 2011 special session by engineering changes to rates for various income brackets.

Fueling an argument for keeping the tax is New York’s darkening revenue picture as laid out by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

But DeFrancisco, rather, would see spending cuts commiserate with the lack of revenue.

“Why not just cut the cost of government and then we’re more competitive with other governments? That’s the opposite way to try to attract people here,” he said. “If you are going to follow a philosophy to try to make government work and try to attract people here, you don’t try to add on the burdens.”