Is Ruggerio dialing back the progressive wave?

Reading political tea leaves from interviews is an iffy game, but this feels like a bit of a tone change from Democrat Senate President Dominick Ruggerio:

On the Rhode Island Report podcast, state Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio said he opposes raising the income tax rate for the richest Rhode Islanders, saying he fears they would move elsewhere. …

“I think we need a fairer tax code,” Ruggerio said. “However, I’m not supportive of raising taxes at this point. I think that some of the people in the higher salaries, I don’t want to lose them in this state. That has happened before in the past.”

Perhaps he’s sensing the danger the radicals pose and a high mark for progressive appeal.  Or maybe he’s just signaling that they should cool it a bit going into an election year.

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