Top Republicans in the state Senate were immediately skeptical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to limit how much lawmakers can earn outside of their government employment.

Cuomo wants to limit outside income to 15 percent of legislators’ base pay, which is currently $79,500.

The proposal was among a package of ethics reform measures the governor released as part of his State of the State address and budget presentation. Cuomo made the pitch after the legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly were convicted of corruption charges.

In the case of ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver, he was found guilty of using his official government job to leverage bribes through his outside employment at a law firm.

But Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan seemed unmoved by Cuomo’s proposal.

“I’ve said before, we don’t think we should outside income,” he said after the speech.

Cuomo, in essence, is proposing the rules the U.S. Congress has in place for a “professional” Legislature in New York, which Flanagan said could lead to more problems.

“You have a lot more millionaires in Congress,” Flanagan said. “here was a spike in an increase of people who are extraordinarily wealthy. I’m not sure that is in the best interest of any state.”

And then there’s the argument the state benefits when lawmakers come from various backgrounds.

“I think you’re eliminating a lot of good people in government,” said Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco. :If anyone really thinks creating a professional politician is going to root our corruption, where that politician is required every two years to win an election, I don’t think that’s a road to any less corruption.”

Assembly Democrats, meanwhile, are discussing potential limits to outside income as well, though Speaker Carl Heastie deemed those conversations preliminary for the moment.