From the Morning Memo:

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo moves to rebrand the education investment tax credit, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie this week signaled the measure remains a heavy lift in the Democratic-led chamber.

Cuomo unveiled a revised version of the legislation on Tuesday, which would provide $150 million in tax credits annually for donations that benefit public and private schools, and encourage low-income students to attend either a private school or a public school in another district.

The bill would also provide a credit for teachers who purchase school supplies.

But the EITC itself remains controversial for some Assembly Democrats as well as the statewide teachers union, the New York State United Teachers.

“Those subjects are challenging in our conference to say the least,” Heastie said.

The investment tax credit was linked in the state budget talks to the DREAM Act, which provides tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Cuomo on Tuesday made appearances both on Long Island and in Buffalo alongside Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the most prominent booster for the tax credit who has criticized Albany inaction on the issue.

Senate Republicans have previously approved the stand-alone version of the bill.

Heastie said the Democratic conference remains opposed the linkage of the two issues, and the revised bill’s passage remains in doubt in the Assembly.

Even if supporters can muster the needed votes, Heastie indicated that bringing the bill to the floor would require a majority of the Democratic conference’s support.

“It’s been our position that there is a majority for a reason and we feel that to really move bills in this house we should have a consensus of enough Democrats to pass the bill,” he said.