ST.. PAUL (AP) — Several hundred gathered at the Minnesota Capitol for the Taxpayer Freedom Rally.

Majority President Dan McGrath says the anti-tax rally Saturday is the biggest annual conservative gathering in the state and is particularly important this year after a tough election for Republicans.

The Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist was expected to speak. Norquist's visit coincides with a debate in the Legislature over a range of tax increases.

The Democratic majorities have advanced bills that would raise high-end income tax rates, taxes on alcohol, clothes and other things. They want the money to close a budget gap, pay off old debt and give aid increases to schools and additional priorities.

The House passed a tax proposal last week. The Senate is due to vote on its tax plan Monday.