From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Keith Wright was not enthusiastic about the idea of linking the education investment tax credit to the extension of rent control laws in New York City and the surrounding area, calling the two issues “apples and oranges.

“There’s no reason in the world why something having to do with education should be linked with something effecting over two million people in the city of New York,” said Wright, a Manhattan Democrat.

More broadly, lawmakers appeared hesitant to endorse agreements on key issues as the legislative session winds down.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco attributed the lack of deal-making desire to the ongoing corruption cases in state government and the reticence of appearing to perform a quid pro quo.

Of course in Albany, nothing is linked until everything is at the end, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo may not want to end a tumultuous session that saw two of the state’s top legislative leaders in handcuffs end with a whimper.

And some measures are already being yoked together: A Senate Republican bill would extend mayoral control for one year and lift the statewide cap on charter schools by 100.

But Assembly Democrats, in particular, may be no in mood to be squeezed after the budget’s passage that saw a education policy changes linked to both school spending and an ethics reform package.

And the actual linkage of the tax credit to rent control may not help suburban Democrats who have few, if any, rent controlled units in their district, but a very active local teachers union opposed to the measure.

“We probably could resolve the rent situation, we probably could resolve 421a, we probably could resolve the education tax credit and charter schools, but to link them to each other — it’s just not good politics nor does it make good policy,” Wright said.

As for the controversial tax credit (a bill Cuomo and parochial school groups are pushing especially hard for) Wright said that bill, too, should stand on its own.

“We will vet it and we will pick it apart, but being linked to rent stabilization or rent control — something that effects millions of people in the city New York — doesn’t help,” he said.