From the Morning Memo:

The business-backed Unshackle Upstate in a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie last week urged him to take up a permanent extension of the state’s cap on property tax increases.

The letter comes about a month after the Democratic-led Senate approved the legislation.

“In a rare instance of bipartisanship, Senate Democrats and Republicans recognized the effectiveness and importance of the tax cap and quickly passed the bill to make it permanent,” the group wrote in a letter. “We respectfully ask that the Assembly follow suit.”

A permanent extension of the measure is also backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The cap is a signature economic achievement for the governor from his first term in office.

“This measure is of paramount importance to not just Upstate New York, but the entire state,” the letter states. “Sky-high property taxes discourage people from moving to Upstate New York, and from investing and starting businesses here – stifling economic growth.”

The cap has been credited with controlling some of the highest property tax levies in the country. But local government groups and the state’s teachers union has called for changes to law that would add exceptions.