Many demonstrators enthusiastically supported proposed federal legislation that would require millionaires to pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent.
Hundreds of taxpayers marked the filing deadline April 17 by delivering tax "bills" - and a message - to tax-dodging corporations and executives.
At town halls across the nation during the current two-week congressional recess Republicans are taking the heat like they may never have taken it before.
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.