From the Morning Memo:

Pro-business organizations this session are pushing for a permanent extension of the state’s cap on property tax increases in the new legislative session, a position that aligns with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Independent business owners risk it all to bet on themselves and create opportunity in every community across New York. Unfortunately, Albany often stacks the deck against Main Street job creators by regulating too much, taxing too often, and reforming too little,” said Greg Biryla, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Small businesses, which employ nearly half the state’s private sector workforce, are the backbone of New York’s economy and the lifeblood of our middle class. NFIB’s agenda contains commonsense reforms and policies that will grow small businesses, create jobs, and make New York more economically competitive.”

The group on Tuesday will release its priorities for the new legislative session, including a call to reject new payroll, energy and health care taxes as well as backing an income tax cut for small businesses. The group also wants regulatory reform in addition to the permanent tax cap.

The push comes also as Democrats gain control of the state Senate. But even before the chamber changed leadership, the business community signaled its opposition to measures like minimum wage increases and paid family, approved under a Republican majority.

Meanwhile, the Long Island Association in a letter to Cuomo and top legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly called a permanent tax cap the group’s top item on its agenda in the new year.

“The tax cap is helping homeowners and business on Long Island and throughout the state,” wrote Long Island Association President Kevin Law. “Reducing the high cost of doing business in the state is one of the LIA’s top priorities.”

The cap on property tax increases limits the hike in a levy annually to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. The cap, first approved in 2011, has been a signature economic achievement for Cuomo, who has pointed to taxpayers paying the highest property taxes in the country.

Education advocates have sought to make changes to the cap, such as ending the linkage to the rate of inflation, a move Cuomo has rejected out of hand.