Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, asked how he felt about the coming budget troubles facing Albany, responded pictorially.

“Let’s see, can I answer with an emoji?” he said, turning his face into a frown.

Assembly Democrats are back in Albany for the week, as they consider what to do about a $4.6 billion budget deficit. But Heastie says his goals for the new year, however, won’t change much.

“The economy goes in cycles. I learned that in business school,” Heastie said. “This is one of the tougher times, but as best we can, we’ll continue to stand up for what our priorities.”

And that agenda from Assembly Democrats typically includes finding more money for education and increasing taxes on wealthier New Yorkers in order to pay for it. But a push in Congress to overhaul taxes on the federal level and end the deduction of state and local taxes could make a tax hike on the rich more difficult.

“Obviously we have as a conference continued to support raising the tax rates on the highest income New Yorkers,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle. “Frankly, what’s going on in Washington could even impact that.”

Republicans point out New York is already one of the higher taxed states in the country, along with California and New Jersey, whose leaders are also opposed to the federal tax plan.

“Let’s make no bones about it,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. “I mean, this is a high-tax state. That’s why people have left the state.”

Kolb, who is consdiering a run for governor next year, says the concerns over the deficit are potentially overstated, but is a sign spending needs to get under control.

“We still have, I think, a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” he said.

Gov. Cuomo plans to give his State of the State address in Albany, returning to a traditional format. Last year. Cuomo gave separate versions of the address in different regions of the state.