From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday said he would be in favor of overhauling how per diems are allocated if it meant getting a pay raise for his members.

His comments echoed the sentiments of Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who also backs per diem reform as a way to achieve the first legislative pay hike since 1998.

Now, rank-and-file lawmakers are adding their voice.

Democratic Assemblyman Karim Camara on a Capital Tonight interview said he would certainly support a pay increase from the base $79,500.

While not the top issue facing lawmakers, Camara said the hike is due given the dedication the job requires.

“I know it’s something that causes great controversy, but when you think about the fact the Legislature hasn’t had a pay raise since 1998… when you think about the dedication, people who are involved in the local communities, people involved know it’s not a part-time job,” Camara said. “It’s hard to argue against a group of people for not having a pay raise for close to 20 years.”

It remains to be seen whether lawmakers would be called back for a special session of the Legislature before the end of the year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo would probably seek some form of a pay increase for his commissioners, whose salaries are set by statute as well.

“I’m not sure,” Camara said when asked about a year-end session. “As they say in Albany, it doesn’t happen until it happens.”