From the Morning Memo:

Good-government groups largely backed Thursday’s decision by a compensation commission to increase the pay of state lawmakers and statewide elected officials over the next several years, pointing to the reforms that are due to come along with it.

The pay commission backed a 63 percent increase in pay for the 213 members of the state Senate and Assembly, boosting their pay from $79,500 to $130,000.

The pay hike is coupled with an end to stipends for most leadership jobs in the Legislature as well as a curb on lawmakers earning money outside of the Legislature, capping private-sector pay at 15 percent of their public salary.

Both of these were proposals backed by good-government advocates, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The Commission has done an excellent job of balancing the public interest against the very real need to raise lawmakers’ pay,” said Susan Lerner of Common Cause.

“Common Cause/NY supports the commission’s recommendations to tie any pay raise to a ban on lulus and a limit on outside income. The public needs to know that the people representing them are there to serve them only, and no one else.”

Reinvent Albany had largely backed the changes as well, adding the pay increase, the first in 20 years, will help attract and retain talent.

“The limitations on outside income and stipends are long needed reforms to move New York toward a more effective and ethical government,” the group said.

“We hope the Committee’s actions today are the beginning of more reforms to come in ethics, campaign finance and voting that will fully restore confidence and integrity in New York State government.”

But not everyone was thrilled. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner told reporters Thursday there should also have been similar limitations on outside pay for the executive branch, where the governor is set to receive a pay boost to $250,000.

“They tackled some of those issues in terms of outside income,” Horner said. “But they didn’t tackle any of the others. So we’re disappointed. We think it’s flawed. We think the commission so go further.”