It turns out there’s more than one way of reading the Senate budget resolution.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos disputes the notion the chamber’s one-house budget resolution backs an increase in the state’s minimum wage, namely that it is an admission the chamber will continue to study the proposal.

“I said we would consider it. Some have written I support it, but what we’ve said in our budget resolution we would consider it along with other business tax credits and incentives,” he said after a meeting with legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon.

The coalition of five independent Democrats and 30 Republicans has a budget resolution measure supportive of a minimum wage hike to take a effect this year, and then include two more phased-in increases. The resolution doesn’t specify how much the current $7.25 wage would ultimately be increased.

“I said I would consider it,” Skelos said. “I still think for a number of individuals, especially for the young, it would mean higher unemployment.”

But Klein, the co-president of the Senate, called the resolution’s language straightforward and didn’t dispute our earlier characterization that the measure backs the wage hike.

“The language is very clear,” Klein said. “We have in our one-house budget resolution an increase in the minimum wage. The increase would start this year and subsequent increases would be done over the next few years.”

Meanwhile, Klein took issue The Daily News’s report that the resolution strips away funding for the SAFE Act.

“That was totally taken out of context,” Klein said. “What the Senate coalition wants to do is expand the database as the governor proposed. But we want to take it one step further …. to actually add to the registry also gun crimes. That way people can know who was convicted of a gun crime. That’s how we’re going to keep the streets of New York City specifically who were convicted of gun crimes.”

Skelos, however, didn’t take issue with that assertion.

“It’s an awful lot of money to be spending and we’re prepared to think that has to be spent, or ever,” he said.

The Senate has been under the coalition leadership of the five-member Independent Democratic Conference and 30 Republicans, plus Democrat Simcha Felder, since January. They are expected to pass the one-house resolution today.

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