From the Morning Memo:

Supporters of creating a system of publicly financed elections are pushing back against efforts to kick the provision out of the state budget.

The New York AFL-CIO on Monday in a statement called on lawmakers to not include a public financing measure in the final budget agreement, questioning the cost of the proposal and uncertainty surrounding the state’s finances.

Advocates quickly swung back. The group Fair Elections New York called it “a drop in the budget bucket” — at most $60 million out of a $175 billion budget plan.

“In recent days, exaggerated cost estimates for a system of public financing of elections have been floated from some corners as attempts to undermine the policy, stall reform and maintain the status quo,” the group said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat running for the party’s presidential nomination, also tweeted her support for the New York measure and linked to an op/ed written in support by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“Public financing of elections is the single best solution to reduce the undue influence of big money in our politics,” she wrote. “And New York could be on the road to #FairElections this week! Hope this passes in the state budget.”

And 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa on Twitter wrote that he disagreed with the AFL-CIO’s position.

“Working people across NY would greatly benefit from having a stronger democracy to build a more just economy across downstate & upstate,” he said.

Advocates had spent Monday meeting directly with state lawmakers on the issue. Still, it’s not clear if the effort will be enough to overcome the skepticism in the state Assembly, where some lawmakers have raised concerns with the effect of independent expenditure committees, or super PACs, and the potential of fines levied under a public campaign financing system.