From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Democrats insist they won’t get squeezed like they were in the budget talks, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo was able to link an increase in school aid to education reform measures many lawmakers didn’t want to approve.

But as Cuomo finds ways to force state lawmakers into backing the education tax credit by a variety of linkages and packages, Democratic lawmakers say the dynamic is different.

“I think there’s an important distinction between the budget negotiations and what’s going on now,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis in a Capital Tonight interview.

The state’s executive holds increasing power over the budget process. Very late budgets — spending plans that have dragged on into the spring and summer with no deal in sight — haven’t been seen in Albany since the final year of Gov. David Paterson, when he used the power of the budget extenders to end the stalemate.

So far, Cuomo has used that power as a subtle threat: He was able to get largely what he wanted with a new teacher evaluation system and a weakening of teacher tenure in the budget by packaging those measures with school funding and ethics and disclosure reforms.

“We as a Legislature in the budget negotiations were up against a wall,” Skoufis said. “The option that could have taken place was, we pass everything the governor wants or we shut down the government. In this case, we don’t have that option, that sort of false dichotomy where we don’t want to choose either of them.”

Indeed, the power dynamic is a different one between lawmakers and the governor, which will make it difficult for Cuomo to get all that he wants as the session winds down on June 17.

Cuomo can still force lawmakers to stay at the Capitol, and he’s already said he will do that if they do not make a deal on extending rent control for the metropolitan area, which is due to lapse on Monday.

Skoufis said his colleagues are willing to stay to get rent control regulations done, but they won’t be forced this time around to accepting what they oppose.

“We’re not being forced into a corner to accept things we don’t want unlike the situation that presented itself during the budget negotiations,” he said.