As Gov. Andrew Cuomo moves to announce an increase in minimum wage for state workers to $15 later today, Senate Republicans in Albany insisted a conversation still needed to be had about the broader impact of the proposal.

Senate Republicans huddled in Albany for almost two hours for a rare, non-session conference after winning a special election that improved their still thin majority in the chamber to 33 members.

“I think the first thing we need to recognize is there’s no bill,” Majority Leader John Flanagan told reporters after the meeting of the minimum wage proposal. “The devil is in the details. Say it’s $15. Does that mean it happens tomorrow? Does that means it happens three years from now?”

Cuomo has indicated he is willing to negotiate a timetable for a phased-in wage hike to $15 in addition to a potential tax cut that is aimed at businesses.

Senate Republicans continue to raise concerns over Cuomo raising the minimum wage to $15 over the next several years for fast-food workers through an administrative procedure. His announcement that public workers should also receive a minimum wage of $15 comes after the governor in September sounded skeptical the idea when asked.

“I support raising the minimum wage for all workers to $15. When you start to pick workers to go to $15, that’s not an optimum situation. That’s what we did with the fast-food workers,” Cuomo said at a meeting of the state Business Council.

But the Senate GOP conference has signaled it was a more active role in the broader wage discussion, though Flanagan indicated no formal stance is yet to be made by the Republican lawmakers in the chamber on the issue.

“What I’m saying is I’m open to discussions working with members of our conference talking about this issue in detail,” Flanagan said. “I’m not going to commit to anything one way or the other. I have every confidence whatever it will be that we come to some kind of compromise.”