Anti-tax Groups Organize Calif. Capitol Protest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anti-tax groups and Republican lawmakers are
holding a rally today at the state Capitol to coincide with the deadline to file income taxes.

The demonstration is part of a nationwide protest that organizers are calling tea parties, a reference to the Boston Tea Party.

Democratic lawmakers have scheduled a Tax Day Reality Check news
conference to talk about the budget cuts that California has made
in recent years.

The demonstration comes as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Democratic leaders are trying to convince voters to approve Proposition 1A. That's the measure on the May 19 special election ballot that would extend the sales and income tax increases the governor and Legislature approved in February.

They also cut more than $15 billion from state programs as part of a plan to close the state's $42 billion budget deficit.

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