The education tax credit issue remains alive, if only because it’s being talked about in the ongoing negotiations as the legislative session draws to a close, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday said.

“As long as people talk about it is, it’s alive,” Heastie said.

Nevertheless, he insisted the bill — which provides tax credits for donations to public schools and scholarship programs for private and parochial schools — remains a troubling one for the Democratic conference.

“I’ve said this more often than I’ve said ‘no comment’ to guys — it remains an extremely difficult issue for our conference,” Heastie said.

Supporters of the tax credit, meanwhile, continued to push back against opposition.

Bob Bellafiore, a spokesman for the coalition of groups supporting the tax credit, blasted the comments made earlier in the day by Assembly Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan, who said she was concerned the measure would benefit out-of-state school donations.

Bellafiore said this was not the case and that the Board of Regents — a body in essence appointed by the Assembly — has an oversight role and that the credit will only benefit New York students.

“Everything she is saying is a fiction,” he said. “She should stick to reality instead of making up her own.”

Nolan, in a subsequent discussion, stuck by her initial interpretation of the bill, saying it could potentially boost out-of-state school donations.

The tax credit bill is linked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a larger push on strengthening rent control provisions, which expired at midnight.

Heastie remains opposed to that linkage, saying the negotiations have been complicated by the packaging.

“I’ve been clear that I think rent should be attached to housing issues and not these things because when you start to mix and match it makes things a little more difficult,” Heastie said. “Rent should be where it always is — at the housing table.”

The final day of the session is scheduled for Wednesday, but Cuomo has pledged to keep lawmakers in Albany beyond that in order to reach a deal on rent control.

Heastie said lawmakers in the Assembly are ready to stay through the week.

“We wanted to send the message that we still want to work to the very last second,” he said. “If we have to work passed tomorrow, we’re prepared to do that.”