Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week once again said he would consider lawmakers’ “performance” in whether he would sign off on a pay increase for them at the end of next year.

The performance, in this case, is an on-time budget, or one that’s approved before the start of the state’s fiscal year, April 1.

“I have said that performance matters, right?” Cuomo said Thursday in a conference call. “Government should be held to performance, just like the private sector. If you’re a car salesman and you don’t sell any cars, you don’t get a commission. You have to do your job, perform at your job, to be compensated. You certainly have to perform at your job if you want a raise.”

Cuomo has made this linkage to a pay increase before and it comes after lawmakers earlier this year approved a budget 10 days into the new fiscal year.

Having a budget done “on time” has been of talismanic significance for him during his tenure as governor, citing it as tangible evidence the state government is functioning after years of budget talks that could stretch into the summer.

Linking the budget’s passage to a pay increase — lawmakers last received a bump to $79,500 in 1999 — is considered especially key for Assembly Democrats, whose conference is predominantly comprised of lawmakers from New York City and the metropolitan area, where the cost of living is generally higher than the rest of the state.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in an interview Friday on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom” acknowledged his members deserve a pay raise, but added he wanted a quality spending plan.

“That’s the governor’s mantra, he likes to have on-time budgets,” he said. “Everyone wants to have an on-time budget. But we want to make sure it’s a good budget. We’d like it to be on-time, we’d like to give our school districts certainty. But he feels that that’s a negotiating ploy for him because he wants to ensure an on-time budget.”

The budget is expected to be somewhat more complicated beast this year, with a $4.6 billion deficit for lawmakers to close in an election year and the traditional pressures of adding more money for schools.

Cuomo, of course, has sought to use the pay raise issue as leverage before, most notably when he sought to hold a special session in late 2016, linking the agenda to the approval of a salary increase by a commission studying legislative and executive pay.

The special session — and, subsequently the pay increase — never materialized.