The education investment tax credit remains a difficult lift for the Democratic-led Assembly in the final days of the legislative session, Speaker Carl Heastie said on Tuesday to reporters.
“It still is a very, very difficult subject in the conference,” Heastie said. “That hasn’t changed much over the last couple of weeks with the campaign being waged by supporters of the investment tax credit.”
Indeed, the assertive push from tax credit supporters aimed to push lawmakers to back the bill appears to have hardened some of the resistance to the measure in the chamber, where majority lawmakers have drawn support from the New York State United Teachers union.
Heastie says the bill won't get a floor vote unless a majority of the Democratic conference supports it.
We'll see if the heavy hearts continue to stand strong against this.
If I had to guess, I'd say many heavy hearts are happy to stand firm on this because it gives them some cover for the cave-in on the odious Cuomo education reforms in the budget.