fastfoodWorking Families Party State Director Bill Lipton on Friday urged against linking an increase in the minimum wage to a tax cut — a proposition Gov. Andrew Cuomo floated to business leaders last week.

“I think linking the two is a mistake,” Lipton said on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “I think we should have a smart, progressive tax code policy. I think it should be discussed separately from the minimum wage. The minimum wage really stands on its own.”

Last week at the state Business Council’s annual meeting, Cuomo floated the possibility of a tax cut linked to the wage proposal as a way to make the measure more palatable.

“That is an issue that I just wanted to put on the table for them,” Cuomo told reporters after his remarks before the council. “I’ve proposed tax cuts almost every year. I think that’s one of the most positive things we can do. It says New York is open for business.”

But Senate Democrats, too, have been cool to the idea of a wage-increase-for-tax-cuts, which the governor has proposed in the past.

If the idea is to help employers making millions of billions of dollars a year…I don’t see why the state should step in to subsidize the minimum wage so their employees can get paid a fair salary,” Deputy Senate Minority Leader Mike Gianaris said last week on Capital Tonight.

Cuomo is backing a phased-in hike to the minimum wage to $15, a move that comes after his administration moved to raise wages for fast-food workers over the next several years.

But Cuomo must get the wage increase through a Republican-controlled Senate next year, which has been skeptical of additional wage hikes. The current minimum wage of $8.75 is due to increase again to $9 following a 2013 agreement.

The labor-backed organization has sought to steer the centrist Cuomo to the left on issues like the minimum wage, a push that came to a head last year when the WFP nearly backed a challenger to Cuomo at its contention in May.

“This is really gratifying,” Lipton said of Cuomo’s minimum stance. “At our convention last year, this is something we struggled with the governor on. We got him to make a commitment. Now it’s great that he’s following through.”

And the pressure from the WFP won’t end with the minimum wage: Lipton said the party will continue to push Cuomo to back a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate next year.

“We’re rooting for the governor to succeed on this, even while we’re also going to hold him to his promise to drag the Senate into the 21st century, make it Democratic, make it progressive,” he said.