A bill that would lay out new ethics measures will likely be introduced today, while the remainder of the budget bills could be seen by Saturday night, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters on Friday.

“The balance I believe will be introduced by tomorrow night,” Skelos said.

Skelos, meanwhile, criticized Assembly Democrats for making a final push on the DREAM Act by linking the proposal that would grant tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants to a Senate GOP-backed property tax relief plan.

“It’s unfortunate for people struggling upstate and on the island that they would link property tax relief to giving free tuition to people who are here illegally,” Skelos said.

Nevertheless, it appears that a final agreement is coming together as lawmakers in both chambers said this morning they expect school-aid runs to be released as early as Sunday evening or sometime next week when the budget is being voted on.

A deal on the 2015-16 state budget could be at hand by as early as this afternoon or, more likely, at some point tomorrow.

Lawmakers have left town for the most part, but Skelos said he is staying in Albany on Saturday. Assembly Democrats are due to return on Saturday morning for an optional meeting, while Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie comes back to the Capitol this afternoon.

Skelos added that there was no linking of education aid to an effort to develop teacher evaluation criteria. Senate Republicans were still pushing to have the gap elimination adjustment completely closed in education spending.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has insisted on a budget that would link school aid to the development of education reforms, including tougher criteria for evaluations of teachers as well as a school receivership plan.

“Right now, it’s the normal working through shares, working through GEA which is important to us, the Assembly wants to drive more money to New York City, we want to have it regionally balanced,” Skelos said. “That’s the normal issue that exists at this time.”

The evaluation criteria is “the final piece” Skelos said, adding that it remains unclear whether a decision would be kicked ultimately to the Board of Regents, which oversees the semi-autonomous Department of Education.

“We want to make sure it’s strong and it means something,” he said of the teacher evaluations. “The Assembly is unfortunately trying to water it down and the Assembly is, unfortunately, trying to water it down.”

More ancillary issues continue to pop up: Lawmakers in both parties are making last-minute attempts to have spending diverted from the more than $5 billion windfall surplus that Cuomo wants to spend on rural broadband expansion, shoring up the Thruway Authority’s finances and an upstate economic development competition.

The budget is due by Tuesday, the end of the state’s fiscal year. If approved by then, it would be the fifth on-time budget in a row.