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Patrick seeks job cuts, new school aid

Budget plan would shut Norfolk prison; A call to add levies to candy and soda

Governor Deval Patrick proposed a $32.3 billion annual spending plan yesterday that would eliminate 240,000 free and subsidized lunches for senior citizens, apply the sales tax to candy and soda, and close a prison in Norfolk while boosting spending on education to unprecedented levels.

His budget would also cut 300 state jobs and slash funding for the Registry of Motor Vehicles by $15 million, a move that elicited assurances from the administration yesterday that lines would not grow.

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