Government spending and higher taxes will never stimulate an economy. Our state is at its best when its citizens are working and creating and innovating. The economic downturn we have seen in the last few years nationally was not because small business owners weren't doing their jobs. Or because creative minds stopped being creative. It was because government [on both sides of the aisle] established bureaucratic regulations that have strangled our job creators and stifled any chance for economic growth.
We must work hard to cut spending and simply live within our means. Individuals and families are punished for compiling debt they can't pay off. Why should state and federal government be any different? It is imperative that we get our fiscal house in order and begin the process of restoration and growth in the years to come.