An increase in the state’s minimum wage has been dropped from the state budget, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Thursday morning confirmed.

Speaking with reporters outside of his office, Skelos said the debate over the wage hike had devolved into a “bidding war” thanks to competing proposals from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“It seems like somebody says $10.50, then somebody says $13 and then de Blasio says $15 and it’s just like a bidding war without any real thought process,” Skelos said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had proposed in January a minimum wage hike of $11.50 for New York City and $10.50 elsewhere in the state. De Blasio, in a separate proposal, wanted a minimum wage of $13 for the city, indexed to the rate of inflation.

Skelos had not been enthused over the initial wage hike to begin with, but today said there should be discussions such as workers compensation and regulatory reform with any minimum wage conversation as well.

“There are a lot of issues that should be part of that, rather than a bidding war like how far I can go,” Skelos said.

The minimum wage in New York is currently $8.75 and due to increase to $9 by the end of the year.

Minimum wage and anti-poverty advocates had pushed Cuomo to include a new minimum wage increase in the state budget this year after they were dissatisfied with a deal struck two years ago on an increase, which they said was too slow.