State Senator Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, center, discusses the newly formed Taxpayers Caucus during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The caucus, comprising GOP... more 
State Senator Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, center, discusses the newly formed Taxpayers Caucus during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The caucus, comprising GOP lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate, including State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Granite Bay, left, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, second from left, state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, second from right, and Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Willows, say they will oppose any deal to close California's $26.6 billion budget deficit that involves tax increases. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rich Pedroncelli
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 6:28 PM EST