From the Morning Memo:

State lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo are racing to get to a budget deal, but a finalized agreement remained up in the air Thursday evening at the Capitol.

“I want it wrapped,” said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, a Democrat from Albany. “I am one who really believes this is how we show we’re high functioning despite the disappointments, despite how difficult this year has been, despite the multi-billion-dollar deficits to overcome, it’s important to just get it done.”

Lawmakers did make some progress on relatively non-controvesial bills. The Senate early Friday morning approved three budget bills: legislative and judiciary, public protection and general government, and education, labor and family assistance.

The Democratic-led Assembly, meanwhile, approved those three bills, plus the measure for transportation and economic development.

Republicans in the state Senate huddled for hours in private at the Capitol Thursday afternoon, emerging to say little, other than that a tax on prescription drug manufacturers in order to combat the opioid epidemic remains on the negotiating table.

“I think there are a few Is that need to be dotted, a few Ts that need to be crossed,” said Sen. Jim Tedisco. “But I think we’re there with most everything. Got the policy issues off, which we should do in this representative democracy.”

But major sticking points remain:

-Lawmakers must still come to an agreement over a state levy that would be created from the sale of the Fidelis Catholic health plan to Centene, a for-profit firm.

-Curriculum oversight issues for Yeshivas continues to be pursued by Sen. Simcha Felder, a key lawmaker for Senate Republicans.

-Lawmakers are also discussing a provision that would strip gun owners of their firearms if convicted of domestic violence, tightening what gun control advocates say are loopholes in the state and federal law.

Back from the dead, apparently, is the creation of a voluntary payroll tax, meant to act as a work-around for the federal cap on state and local tax deductions — a major priority for Cuomo.

“The payroll tax is on the table,” Tedisco said. “They’re trying to close that, exactly how it’s going to fit.”

And lawmakers apparently cannot agree on spending money for upgrades to school safety — called for in the wake of a high school shooting last month in Florida. GOP lawmakers blamed Democrats for the impasse.

“So for a political issue, gun control, they’re sacrificing what may be the safety of our children,” said Sen. John Bonacic.

But time is running out for a deal. Today is Good Friday and Passover starts at sundown. Lawmakers have been discussing a possible budget extender measure that would keep the government funded until May.

Still, that’s a scenario they want to avoid.

Asked Thursday about an extender bill, Sen. Rich Funke shook his head and said, “Oh, I hope not.”