The state lawmakers who are pushing for a boost in direct school aid this year that education advocates have long sought don’t want to hold up the state budget over the issue.

For now.

“Everyone wants to have an on-time budget, that’s a given,” said Sen. Robert Jackson, a Democrat elected last year who has been a prominent booster for the education funding hike, a Capitol press conference on Tuesday. “But we’re not going to pass an on-time budget that’s a bad budget for the people of New York state.”

Jackson was part of an initial lawsuit in the last decade for increasing state aid. Education advocates want to increase school spending by $2.1 billion in order to satisfy the terms of a lawsuit settled during Gov. George Pataki’s administration.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also pointed to the annual education increases he’s supported in previous budgets proposed and approved during his time as governor.

But for supporters of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the money hasn’t been enough.

“We hope we can reach agreement with the governor. We’re staying positive,” Jackson said. “But we’re ready to do whatever we have to do to make sure our children receive an opportunity for a sound, basic education.”

Complicating matters for lawmakers who want to see the funding increase is a disagreement over how much revenue the state will have, a decision that is now being handed to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli after the Legislature and Cuomo could not come to an agreement.

Cuomo has urged caution on the budget, pointed to the possibility of the economy slowing down as early as next year. Cuomo has also raised the possibility of a budget going passed the start of the state’s April 1 fiscal year, putting pay raises for elected officials and cabinet commissioners in doubt.

But Democrats in the Legislature feel especially emboldened this year given the party’s new and large majority in the state Senate.

“Ultimately that’s what having a Democratic majority is about,” said Sen. Jessica Ramos, “showing that we’re unified in producing for our kids,”