Republicans blocked action on the "Paying a Fair Share Act" that would have required the rich to pay at the same tax rate as most of the middle and working class.
More than 100,000 union members and activists from community groups are in "99% spring training sessions" all over the country this week gearing up, they say, to take back the nation from the 1%.
Their number one demand is to pass the millionaires' tax now.
Protesters denounced huge tax giveaways to the rich and big business that the governor is paying for with cuts to education, mental health and city services.
Jesus would support taxing the rich, said President Barack Obama at this week's national prayer breakfast.
Jerry Brown released his budget proposals, including slashes to already devastated human needs spending and a projection of new revenues from sales taxes and taxes for millionaires.
While state budgets, jobs and social programs are taking the worst hits since the Great Depression, the nation's largest corporations are paying little or no state taxes.
Republicans in Congress voted 234 to 193 yesterday to slash more than in half the number of weeks people can collect unemployment benefits next year.
Students at the University of California walk out of classes to protest budget cuts and rising tuition, and to support the New York City demonstration, Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy Springfield used the "People's Mic" to make a statement about corporate "terrorism" at the Illinois State Capitol Nov. 9.