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^4 Report from the Office ofLt. Governor Evelyn E Murphy 

Blueprint: 2000 

The year 2000 is thirteen years 
away... in many respects, that is 
not a long time. We know from demo- 
graphic data how many elderly people will 
reside in Massachusetts then, how many 
working aged adults, and how many chil- 
dren. Now is the time to consider directly 
and deliberately the quality of life we will 
pass on to these people. 

On Inauguration Day, Lieutenant Gover- 
nor Evelyn Murphy announced Blueprint: 
2000, the principle initiative of her office. 
Blueprint: 2000 is intended to articulate 
what Massachusetts will look like in the 
year 2000; what we want Massachusetts to 
look like in the year 2000; and, an action 
plan for getting us to the future we desire for 
the Commonwealth. 

jobs, transportation, energy, education, 
housing, health care, public finance, envi- 
ronmental protection... these are signifi- 
cant dimensions of life in the new century, 
and each will be analyzed in depth. 

Equally important is the interplay among 
these sectors. For example, if we want to 
provide decent health care for all our 
citizens, it will require a certain level of 
employment and salary structure in our 
economy to finance such care. How many 
people will have to be working in 
Massachusetts to support health care for a 
rapidly expanding elderly community? 
And, if tax dollars from those workers pay 
for health care, what resources will be left to 
finance quality education for our children? 
These questions can be analyzed with exist- 
ing data; they have important and funda- 
mental implications for future public policy. 

Blueprint: 2000 will examine the role of 
government, especially state government, 
in shaping the desired future of this state. 
What roles should and should not be played 
by state government; the relationship be- 
tween state and municipal governments; 
and federal initiatives that would comple- 
ment our efforts to create a better future. 

One major point of departure from pro- 

jects done by other states is Blueprint :2000 s 
focus on the family. We know that families 
look very different today than those we 
knew in the 1950's and 1960s. With the 
help of professionals and thinkers, we want 
to think first about what families, or config- 
urations of people, will look like in the 
future; then determine what these family 
units will need in terms of jobs, health care, 
housing, etc. No other project has been un- 
dertaken with such a focus on people. Yet, 
we know such configurations of people in 
families, extended families, etc., determine 
housing unit needs, institutionalized or 
home based health care needs and the like. 

Lt. Governor Murphy has entered 
into a memorandum of agreement with 
the University of Massachusetts Board of 
Trustees which will provide for the use of 
the University's unique data base as a key 
resource. In addition, the Trustees will 
establish a special trust which will seek, 
accept, and administer grants from found- 
ations, organizations, and individuals 
as necessary to fund the Blueprint: 2000 

The Lt. Governor is soliciting involve- 
ment from the Executive and Legislative 
branches, municipalities, businesses, pub- 
lic interest groups, unions, and citizens 
through the state. 

Blueprint: 2000 is ambitious, action ori- 
ented and intended to draw on existing 
sources of data. Already, the Lt. Governor 
has contacted Boston Edison for data on 
electricity use; the Massachusetts Taxpay- 
er's Foundation for its data resources; and, 
the University of Mass. Boston for its exten- 
sive modelling and data. All have indicated 
enthusiastic interest in participating. 

No amount of funding can ever pay for 
the thousands of hours of advice and analy- 
sis we will get from those best able to guide 
us on housing, jobs, health care, the envi- 
ronment, etc. The Lt. Governor is seeking 
funds for a small support staff, four to five 
people, to provide back-up to an army of 
volunteer professionals. 

This project will involve the participation 
of over 1 ,000 individuals. Under the leader- 
ship of committee chairmen, groups will 

work throughout 1987 and 1988 on each of 
the specific issues that constitute major di- 
mensions of life in the year 2000 . Data will be 
gathered, analyzed and recommendations 
formulated for the state and regions within 
the state. Hearings to solicit citizen advice 
will be held throughout Massachusetts. 

The product of Blueprint: 2000 will be a 
specific action plan with recommendations 
to the Governor and Legislature, including 
proposed legislation, suggested executive 
orders, policy guidelines and potential 
private initiatives. It is anticipated that 
accepted recommendations could be imple- 
mented as early as 1989 and 1990. 

It is this activity that will set the state on 
its course during the last decade of this 
century and on a strong course for the 21st 

For the next four years, Lt. Governor 
Murphy will personally be involved with 
Blueprint: 2000 on a daily basis. The Direc- 
tor of Policy, Christopher Scott will direct 
the staff for the project. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of 
the Blueprint: 2000 project, if you have 
questions concerning the project, or, if you 
wish to submit suggestions or resources to 
the project, contact Christopher Scott, at 
the Lt. Governor's office, (617-727-7200). ■ 

Lt. Governor's Staff 

• Anne F. Donovan Administration 

• Helen L. Corbett Communications 

• S. Christopher Scott Policy 

• Susan Wood Constituent Services Women's Issues 

• Derek Beckwitb. . Blueprint: 2000/ Legislative Services 

• Eric du Pont Staff Assistant 

• Nancy Lawton Staff Assistant 

Telephone (617) 727-7200 

Rm. 259. State House. Boston. MA 02133 

Message From 
The Lieutenant 

Four months 
ago, I began my 
tenure as Lieuten- 
ant Governor. So 
much, both ex- 
pected and unex- 
pected, has trans- 
pired since then 
I thought it was 
a good time to 
assess what my office has done in that time. 

On Inauguration Day, I said I intended 
to use the office of Lieutenant Governor to 
open new doors of opportunity for those 
who in the past had felt left out or left be- 
hind in government and society. Through 
public speaking events, constituent serv- 
ices, legislative initiatives and special 
projects, the work being done in my office is 
putting those words into action. 

I also talked about undertaking Blue- 
print: 2000 to determine the quality of life 
we want to pass along to Massachusetts 
citizens of the next century. What's more 
important, to put into effect a plan for 
achieving those goals. Blueprint: 2000 is un- 
der way. People are responding enthusiasti- 
cally: many are offering to advise and work 
on the project. 

It has been an exciting time at the State 
House. Due to Governor Dukakis' decision 
to seek the U.S. Presidency, I have had the 
opportunity to serve as Acting Governor on 
a number of occasions. It has provided a 
tremendous experience acting on the Gov- 
ernor's behalf to coordinate disaster relief 
for victims of the Lowell Fire and April 
flooding across the state. I have gained 
valuable experience. It has also been an 
honor to fill in for the Governor issuing 
proclamations: working with his staff and 
cabinet: and, testifying before state and 
federal committees. 

I appreciate the goodwill my office 
has received from the Executive Office, 
the Legislature and its leadership, and the 
many people who have volunteered time 
and energy to my office to make my first 
four months as Lt. Governor so rewarding. 

Public Speaking Events 

In her first four months in office, Lt. 
Governor Evelyn Murphy has partici- 
pated as keynote or guest speaker at 114 
events out of the 800 invitations received 
from across the state. 

March, 1987, was designated "Women's 
History Month'' both nationally and in 
Massachusetts. The Lt. Governor address- 
ed many groups of women of all ages and 
occupations on the need to become active 
on current political issues... "Dare to 
participate. Aspire to lead. " That challenge 
was reiterated in speeches to the North 
Shore Women's Coalition in Beverly; the 
Massachusetts Women's Bar Association; 
the Mass. Federation of Women's Clubs: 
the Mass. Black Women Attorney's Associ- 
ation in Boston: the students at Sharon and 
Norwood High Schools, Nazareth Acad- 
emy in Reading and Wheaton, Simmons 
and Regis Colleges. 

The Lt. Governor underscored the need 
for more women in politics in speeches to 
the National Organization for Women: the 
Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus; 
the Massachusetts Minority Women's Polit- 
ical Organization; and the Worcester Edu- 
cation Association. 

Lt. Governor Murphy delivered the 
keynotes at Planned Parenthood s event on 
the "Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Deci- 
sion" and at the American Society of Public 
Administrators National Conference on 
"Women, Equality, and the Constitution." 

The Lt. Governor spoke on environ- 
mental issues at the Tufts New England 
Environmental Conference in Medford; 
and. at the National Ocean States Confer- 
ence in Washington, D.C. 

Balancing a healthy environment with a 
strong economy was the theme of speeches 
given at the Greater Springfield Chamber 
of Commerce in Agawam: the Charles 
River Watershed Association in Newton; 
and at the Borderland State Park Annual 
Meeting in North Easton. 

The future of health care and human 
services was the topic of the Lt. Governor's 
remarks to the American Medical Wom- 
en's Association in Sturbridge; the Mass- 
achusetts Safety' and Health Conference in 
Boxborough; the Human Services Forum 
in Chicopee: and, the National Nurse's 
Forum in Brockton. 

Blueprint: 2000 and the future of Mass- 
achusetts was a recurring theme in the Lt. 
Governor's addresses to the Black Corpo- 
rate Presidents of New England in Boston: 
the Massachusetts Council of Carpenters 
in Cambridge; the Northrop Corporation 
in Mansfield; the Berkshire County Exten- 
sion Service in North Adams: and. the 
New England Biotechnology Association 
in Boston. 

The recurring themes in Lt Governor 
Murphy's public appearances were: Eco- 
nomic Independence for Women: The Im- 
portance of Quality Educational Systems in 
Keeping a Strong Economy: and. Economic 
Development for Minorities 

The Lt. Governor also participated in 
the Administration's initiative "Bringing 
Down the Barriers of Opportunity" in 
forums in Boston and Methuen. The 
Barriers...' project focuses on the issues 
of inadequate child support, adult 
illiteracy, teen pregnane.', school drop- 
outs, and alcohol and drug abuse ■ 


In addition to her other duties and 
initiatives, Lt. Governor Murphy 
currently has three "special projects" 

Minority Business 
Joint Ventures 

The Lieutenant Governor is convening 
a series of meetings with members of the 
minority business community, in coopera- 
tion with the Black Corporate Presidents of 
New England. The project brings together 
minority businesses with established non- 
minority business firms to create business 

partnerships of mutual benefit, and most 
importantly, to expand access of minority 
firms to new markets. 

School /Business Partnership 
Pilot Project 

The Lieutenant Governor is initiating a 
pilot project in Wobum. Ma. which builds 
on the success of the Boston model in estab- 
lishing mutually beneficial relationships be- 
tween local businesses and the educational 
institutions in the Wobum area. 

Asian Cultural Center 

The Lieutenant Governor is working 
with the MBTA and the Massachusetts 
Chinatown Planning Council for the 
development of a cultural facility on the site 
currently part of the Orange Line. ■ 


Lt. Governor Murphy is actively sup- 
sporting legislation she feels will 
ensure equal opportunity for all citizens. 

To date, the Lt. Governor has testified 
favorably on the following bills pending 
before the legislature: 

House Bill 4412- An Act To 
Provide Child Care Linkage 

Recognizing need for and shortage of 
affordable, safe child care available to 
working parents, the Lt. Governor is pro- 
posing incentives to developers to include 
child care in their developments. 

House Bill 2190- An Act 

Relative To Increasing Aid For 

Families With Dependent Children 

and General Relief Grants 

The Lt. Governor believes that to eradi- 
cate poverty in the Commonwealth, we 
must invest in programs that provide routes 
out of poverty such as Employment Train- 
ing and affordable housing. 

But, for the poor to take advantage of 

long term remedies, the state must provide 
for the necessities of daily survival: food, 
clothing, and shelter. 

Because we do not now provide ade- 
quate assistance for poor families, over- 
whelmingly women and children, the Lt. 

Governor supports legislative efforts to 
increase support levels. 

In testimony, the Lt. Governor sug- 
gested that funding for increases could be 
in part found in increased child support 

The Department of Revenue is cur- 
rently restructuring and expanding the 
child support collection system. They antic- 
ipate the collections will double over the 
next three years. The Lt. Governor believes 
the money collected should be used solely 
for support payments. . .welfare money for 
welfare children. 

More aggressive enforcement of court 
ordered child support payments given back 
to welfare families would make significant 
advances in closing the gap in the Up-to- 
Poverty campaign. 

House Bill 5200- An Act 
Establishing Parental Leave 

The Lt. Governor believes that the 
issues of parental and pregnancy leave are 
no longer "women's issues," they are fam- 
ily issues and economic issues that affect the 
families of the Commonwealth. Working 
parents need the stability and economic 
security provided by the legal right to 
parental leave with restoration of the same 
level of benefits, pay, and seniority when 
they return to their workplace. 

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Since taking office in January, Lieuten- 
ant Governor Murphy has received 
many requests from Massachusetts citizens 
for assistance and information on a wide 
range of problems and issues. 

Susan Wood, who coordinates constitu- 
ent services for the Lt. Governor, reports 
that 860 people have contacted the Lt. Gov- 
ernor since January 8th. Of those, 265 con- 
cerned policy and issue questions and 415 
were specific requests for information and 
assistance in resolving problems. 

The Lt. Governor's staff is working on 
housing problems, day care problems, 
workman's compensation problems, 
elderly health care problems, medicaid cov- 
erage problems, child support collection 
problems, and unemployment problems. 
Sometimes it has been a matter of just 
pointing someone in the right direction 
or providing the appropriate information 
to solve a problem. Other inquiries have 
required research and contact with state 
agencies to assist those in need. 

In addition to staff, Lt. Governor Mur- 
phy's office uses student interns and volun- 
teers. The time and energy these additional 
workers have donated has made it possible 
for the Lt. Governor's office to respond to 
the high volume of constituent service cases 
coming from people across the state. ■ 

Governor's Council 

The Lt. Governor serves as Chair of 
the Governor's Council. Since tak- 
ing office, the Governor's Council has 
voted to approve the following recommen- 
dations of Governor Michael S. Dukakis: 

Commutation of the sentences of 
three individuals convicted in 1973 of 
felony murder in connection with 
the death of Hakim Jamal. The three, 
who were present when Jamal was 
shot, had each served longer senten- 
ces than the person convicted of 
manslaughter for the actual shooting 
of Jamal. The commutation makes 
the three eligible for supervised 

Judicial nominations of Catherine 
White and John Cratsley to the Supe- 
rior Court, James O'Neil and Joseph 
Dever to the District Court, Luis G. 
Perez to the Juvenile Court, Salvator 
Paterna as Clerk Magistrate, and 
Louis C. Gallo and Rosalind Poll- 
Brooker as Administrative Judges. 

In addition, the Governor's Council 
met on a weekly basis to approve the nomi- 
nations of Justice of the Peace candidates, 
pardons for individuals as recommended 
by the Board of Pardons, and pending 
Treasury Warrants and Extra Work Orders. 
The council has also heard one Veteran's 
Appeal. ■ 

Women Executives in State Governments 

%/%/omen Executives in State Govern- 
▼ T ments is a national organization. 
Its membership includes elected and ap- 
pointed women serving in executive 
positions in the nation's fifty state govern- 
ments. Lt. Governor Murphy was active 
in this organization when she served as 
Massachusetts Secretary of Environmen- 
tal Affairs and as Secretary of Economic 

This year Lt. Governor Murphy has 
been elected National Chairman of 
W.E.S.G. and is working with the Board of 

Directors preparing for the groups annual 
leadership conference which will take place 
in Boston next fall. 

W.E.S.G. activities provide an oppor- 
tunity for women serving in executive gov- 
ernmental positions... Governors. Lt. 
Governors, Secretaries of State, State 
Treasurers, Auditors, Cabinet Secretaries 
and Commissioners... to meet for execu- 
tive management training by peers. 
W.E.S.G. also provides a forum for discus- 
sing issues and exchanging ideas on gov- 
ernment policy. ■ 

Federal /State Relations 

Lt. Governor Murphy was asked by 
Governor Dukakis to oversee the 
Federal/State Relations Office of the Exec- 
utive Department. The office has staff 
assigned to the Lt. Governor's office in 
Boston and in Washington, D.C. and 
is responsible for monitoring federal leg- 
islative and agency actions that impact 
on Massachusetts; working on proposals 
to the National Governor's Association; 
orchestrating efforts to secure federal disas- 
ter relief when needed by Massachusetts; 
tracking and analyzing the federal budget; 
and, working with the Massachusetts Con- 
gressional Delegation on legislative initia- 
tives important to our state. 

Over the past three months, the Lt. 
Governor has met with Cabinet Secretaries 
in Massachusetts to determine their priori- 

ties for Congressional action or Executive 
programs in Washington. 

The Lt. Governor and the Federal/State 
staff have been called upon to respond to 
and coordinate the relief efforts necessi- 
tated by the Fall River Fire, the Lowell Mill 
Buildings Fire, and the April Flooding situa- 
tion statewide. The Lt. Governor met with 
local, state and federal officials affected 
by these disasters and coordinated efforts 
to obtain federal relief funds and state 

In addition to crisis response, the Lt. 
Governor and the Federal/State staff have 
been monitoring federal legislation includ- 
ing the Federal Budget, the Highway Fund- 
ing Package, and the hearings conducted by 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 
Lt. Governor is also interested in pending 

federal legislation relating to Pesticides, 
Adult Literacy, AIDS, Clean Air and Pay 

At the National Governor's Association 
meeting in February, the Federal/State staff 
developed the Welfare Reform policy and 
coordinated the initiation of the Task Force 
on Jobs and Competitiveness. They will 
play an ongoing role in the reports and rec- 
ommendations of that Task Force. 

Lt. Governor Murphy travelled to 
Washington, D.C. to meet with members 
of the Massachusetts Congressional Dele- 
gation, federal agency officials, and leaders 
of national organizations including the 
Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future 
and the National Audubon Society. 

She recently delivered the keynote ad- 
dress to the Coastal States Are Ocean States 
Conference sponsored by the University of 
Delaware Marine Studies in Washington, 


(Continued from page 3) 

House Bill 3172— An Act To 

Prohibit Discrimination in 

Insurance Contracts 

The issue that compelled the Lt. Gover- 
nor to testify once again in favor of Repre- 
sentative Mary Jane Gibson's bill, was that 
of discrimination; women should not pay 
more or less, receive more or less, because 
they are women. 

In her testimony, the Lt. Governor 
noted that women are not asking for spe- 
ial treatment under the law, just equal 

Insurers state that sex discrimination in 
insurance contracts is "fair" because it ben- 
efits women. The Lt. Governor believes 
that there is no such thing as "fair" sex 
discrimination, and that the existing dis- 
crimination practices of the insurance 
industry cause women economic harm, 
not economic benefit. 

House Bill 3445— An Act To 
Make It Unlawful To Discriminate 
On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation 

The Lt. Governor supports this legisla- 
tion that expands the purview of the Massa- 
chusetts Commission Against Discrimina- 
tion to include incidents of discrimination 
based on sexual orientation. 

The issue involved in this bill is one of 
fairness and basic human rights. The Lt. 
Governor has joined the Governor and 
Attorney General in supporting this 
legislation because it seeks to insure equal 
protection under the law to all Massachu- 
setts citizens. 

Special Commission on Employee 
Involvement and Ownership 

The Lt. Governor testified before the Spe- 
cial Commission on Employee Involvement 
and Ownership in support of their efforts to 
bring business, government and union 
leaders together to build a better, more pro- 
ductive work climate in the Common- 
wealth. ■ 

Lt. Governor's Office 
Room 259 
State House 
Boston, MA 02133