Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in a radio interview pointed to a little-noticed codicil in the legislation that could lead to the first legislative pay hike in 20 years.

The measure provides for the Legislature to meet performance benchmarks as a pay increase is phased in, including the passage of on-time budgets as well as other reform provisions, such as a ban on outside income.

“The Legislature has performance as one of the criteria for the raise,” Cuomo said in an interview on WAMC this morning. “It talks about timely passage of the budget, it talks about reforms. I’ve said quite publicly that yes there should be a raise and yes, there should be reforms.”

Those performance benchmarks would also be tied to the pay increase not just for lawmakers, but also Cuomo’s department and agency commissioners, who also have not received a salary hike in recent years. Cuomo has long decried the lack of a pay hike for his cabinet, which he said has made it difficult to attract new talent to the state.

In many instances, departments are led by those with the title of deputy or executive deputy in order to have a salary not set by state statute.

Lawmakers earn a base pay of $79,500, though many earn more with legislative stipends for leadership and committee posts.

“I do believe they deserve a raise as I’ve said repeatedly,” Cuomo said in the interview. “I do believe there should be reforms. I do believe there should be a banning of outside income like the Congress, like the New York City Council, because I do believe that is a fundamental conflict of interest.”

The pay commission is set to release its report by Dec. 10. If lawmakers do not act after that by the end of the year, the recommendations are set into law.