From the Morning Memo:

This month is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s three terms as governor as Democrats in the state Legislature, emboldened by their majorities in the Senate and Assembly, hint at the possibility of the first legislative budget in nearly a generation.

A budget crafted largely by lawmakers — in which the Legislature would add new spending not included in the governor’s $175 billion spending plan — would require a level of coordination between the two chambers not seen under Cuomo’s eight-year tenure.

At the same time, Democrats would have to rely on Republican votes to override Cuomo’s likely vetoes, should it reach that far.

And if it does, it remains to be seen if Republican lawmakers would be willing to provide the same kind of support they gave Gov. George Pataki when Joe Bruno and Sheldon Silver teamed up on him.

The stakes for Cuomo isn’t just adding new spending for education and health care and tax increases on richer New Yorkers, which the governor has resisted, but also a protracted fight over budgetary power with members of his own party.

Lawmakers and Cuomo over the weekend could not come to an agreement on projected revenue. On Saturday, the governor’s budget director in a statement pointed to independent economists’ projections that the economy could slide into a recession as early as next year, a signal likely to more moderate members of the Legislature that now is not the time to spend more.

Cuomo is now turning to a former antagonist, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, to develop a revenue projection that is expected to be even lower than what the governor and the Legislature estimated.

Legislative Democrats already had an increasingly hostile relationship that began brewing last year over caps on outside income, an end to most legislative stipends and the blame game played out over the failed Amazon project.

They also blame Cuomo for walking away from the table as the deadline approach for the revenue projections. Now they see Cuomo working for a late budget in order to draw out negotiations and, as a result, scuttle the next phase in of the legislative pay hike.

Cuomo retains broad power over the budget process itself, and hasn’t hesitated in deploying that leverage in the past.