A coalition of upstate business groups is in Albany today to lobby for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2 percent cap on local and school property taxes, meeting with Assembly Democrats in an effort to push the measure into law.

The meetings with Assembly Democrats comes a day after Cuomo held his second “People First” tour event in Nassau County. The Republican-led Senate approved the measure in January, but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, has said he would introduce a different bill with some exemptions for built-in cost drivers such as local debt and pensions.

Cuomo himself has at times suggested he would be interested in compromised measure, but his office signaled they are steadfastly opposed to letting the cap expire. But today Cuomo is also making a concerted effort to extend and expand rent regulations for New York City and released a web video on the issue.

The cap, which enjoys broad popular support, faces its biggest hurdle among those in the base of the Assembly Democrats, who say a cap would harm school districts who are already facing deep cuts due to a reduction in state aid.

Today, coincidentally, is also when 697 school districts’ budgets are before voters.

The groups include Unshackle Upstate, National Federation of Independent Business, New York Farm Bureau, Westchester County Association, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Business Alliance, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors and the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce.