From the Morning Memo:

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco remains skeptical over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 12-week paid family leave proposal unveiled earlier this month.

In an interview on AM 970’s Effective Radio with Bill Samuels, he pointed to the potential impact the proposal could have on the economy, especially when considering the push for a $15 minimum wage.

“Now we lose people for many reasons, but I think one of the main reasons is that we’re 49th or 50th in economic climate throughout the country,” said DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. “And so it’s nice to provide everything for all people, but as a practical matter, whether it’s paid family leave, whether it’s a $15 minimum wage for people that are in the food industry—primarily the fast food restaurants—every time you impose another burden on business, especially small business, we lose jobs.”

The paid leave program would be phased in over several years through a deduction on an employees’ pay check.

Workers would be eligible for paid leave starting in January 2018 for 35 percent of the state’s average wage. It would rise to 50 percent of the average wage by 2021.

By then, the deduction to pay for the program would be just over $1 a week.

Cuomo made an emotional plea for the paid family leave proposal, citing his father’s illness and his desire to have spent more time with him during his last days. Former Gov. Mario Cuomo died on Jan. 1 last year, the same day his son was sworn in for a second term.