CHICAGO -Amid Republican criticism, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday announced a compromise jobs-creation program that relies on just $850 million of new borrowing - half of what the Democratic governor originally proposed in February.

Strickland joined yesterday with state Republican leaders to announce a $1.57 billion compromise plan that would invest in many of the same projects but would be financed largely with a mix of state revenue and some borrowing. His original plan totaled $1.7 billion, of which $1.5 billion would come from bonds.

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