It’s tax day for the joint legislative budget committee in Albany and business organizations on Thursday lined up against proposals in the budget that would hike taxes and fees.

The $168 billion spending plan introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would increase revenue by $1 billion through fee and tax increases, working to close a $4.4 billion deficit.

“Rather than pursuing new or increased tax measures, New York needs to focus more on its spending,” said, Heather Briccetti, the president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

“In his State of the State message, the Governor argued that increasing the cost of state and local taxes makes New York less competitive – and helps other states at our expense. We couldn’t agree more, and would emphasize that this is true whether the tax increases come from federal or state legislative actions.”

The Democratic-led Assembly is expected to propose a budget resolution next month that would increase taxes on the rich. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie pointed to the December federal tax law that cut rates, which he said benefited wealthier taxpayers.

It’s likely that Senate Republicans will oppose broad-based tax increases, but the deficit, which shrinks to $1.7 billion when spending is capped at a 2 percent ceiling, still needs to be dealt with in one way or another.

“Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders must recognize that New York has a spending problem – not a revenue problem. Any proposal to enact new taxes or expanding existing ones must be rejected outright,” said Greg Biryla of Unshackle Upstate. “Hardworking taxpayers are sick and tired of being treated like Albany’s own ATM.”