Caprio still mum on political future

POWER TRIO: Although Judge Caprio (left) has no interest in moving to a higher court, brothers Frank T. and David A. Caprio could play increasingly influential roles at the State House.

General Treasurer Frank Caprio offered the standard boilerplate when asked about his political future during a taping today of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers. In response to the query from Steve Aveson, Caprio basically said that, for now, he remains focused on the job at hand.

While Caprio has been on a short list of possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Matt recently reported that he might also be looking at a Providence mayoral bid.

In other news, Caprio touted Rhode Island's new ban on state investment in Sudan, pointing to how it helped lead Rolls Royce to stop doing business in that African nation.

The treasurer suggested that downsizing state government shouldn't be that difficult, since about 1000 state employees retire each year, and about 30 percent of state workers aren't unionized. But he also said that tough negotiations will be required to scale back state employment.

Also appearing on Newsmakers this week (broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12, and at 10 am on Fox 64) are state child advocate Jametta Alston and Jorge Garcia, deputy director of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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