minwageDiscussions over increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 won’t begin in earnest until the new year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Thursday in Puerto Rico.

“There have been no discussions, period, let alone discussions that are ongoing,” Cuomo said. “That won’t really start until January.”

Cuomo has called for a phased-in hike in the minimum wage to $15 for all low-wage workers, a push that comes after the governor’s wage board recommended a $15 wage for fast-food workers.

There was talk in October of a potential special session to deal with the minimum wage proposal, though state lawmakers, as well as Cuomo, shot the proposal down for coming back before 2016.

The campaign to back the minimum wage increase officially kicked off in September with the approval of the fast-food wage board’s recommendation.

A business-backed campaign in the last week swung into action in response, promising to push back against the wage proposal.

Cuomo has indicated he would back a business-targeted tax cut that is tied to the minimum wage increase. At the same time, Cuomo has said the period in which the wage would be phased in to $15 is also up for negotiation.