From the Morning Memo:

The upcoming state legislative session is supposed to be all about the Democrats.

The left owns both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s mansion. However, that isn’t stopping Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb from trying to push forward his own priorities.

The Republican from the Finger Lakes region wrote a letter to the governor this week outlining significant changes in how the state does business that he believes should be considered.

“As we begin 2019, I think it’s absolutely critical the governor takes a long, hard look at some of the programs and policies championed by the Assembly minority conference,” Kolb said.

“Simply put, New Yorkers are paying too much and getting too little in return. In a few days we will, again, begin taking up bills and getting to the people’s business. We must work together toward a leaner, more effective budget and policies that deliver results for New Yorkers in every corner of our great state.”

Among Kolb’s long list of suggestions are some that – at least on their face – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats have indicated they might actually share. For example, Kolb is advocating for a permanent property tax cap, improvements to infrastructure and funding to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic.

At the same time, the minority leader wants to see dramatic changes to New York’s economic development policy – something likely to meet more resistance, at least from the governor.

“Quite frankly, until Gov. Cuomo commits to developing sound economic policy instead of finger-pointing and pontificating about things he can’t control in Washington D.C., New Yorkers will continue to be denied opportunities for prosperity and will continue to look elsewhere,” Kolb said. “Let’s make 2019 the year New York gets back to where it belongs.”

He also echoed his past calls for all legislative leaders to be included in budget negotiations – something Andrea Stewart-Cousins also sought when she was minority leader.

Now that she’s majority leader, however, she has backed off that stance, saying the three person in a room meetings at which everything gets decided are held at the discretion of the governor, so he gets to decide who’s invited to attend.