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Dispatch PoliticsThe state certainly should renew the Third Frontier program, which helps Ohio's fledgling high-tech industry to blossom and bear fruit, but the pertinent question is: How big should the assistance be?

House Democrats want to double the original bond issue to $1 billion over eight years, while Republicans appear to be leaning toward a Third Frontier renewal at $500 million, the amount of the previous bond issue. A compromise can and should be reached by Feb. 3 to allow the measure to go onto the 2010 primary ballot.

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