Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:

 

Bipartisan Tax Reform:

Many Americans think of April 15th when they think of taxes, but Congressional leaders say the week of September 25th is the next big date on the calendar when it comes to how much you may pay Uncle Sam.

House Ways and Means Chairman and Texas Congressman Kevin Brady announced today that’s when key tax legislation writers, along with the White House, will have a proposal for a revised federal tax code.

Coming up at 7pm we’ll have more on talk of bi-partisan agreement in Washington and what it would take to lead to action.

 

Sen. Cruz’s Tax Reform Vision:

Sen. Ted Cruz also laid out his vision for tax reform today. The priorities include full and immediate write-offs of businesses’ capital investments and the repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

Cruz made his pitch at an event hosted by the conservative Tax Foundation. He called tax reform a “fundamental promise that Washington is grappling with.”

“The promise to remodel our antiquated, bureaucratic, ineffective tax system, with the objective of creating more jobs, higher wages, more opportunity,” Cruz said.

Cruz discussed tax reform frequently while campaigning for President in 2016. But he’s not a member of the Senate’s tax-writing committee.

The Texans most likely to be in the middle of the discussions — Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady.

 

DACA Discussions:

Bipartisan discussions dealing with DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — are also happening in Washington.

Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others met late this afternoon to talk about legislative options for DREAMERS.

Last Tuesday, President Trump announced he would end the program, but offered up a six month delay, giving congress time to come up with a plan to fix it.

Today he said a bipartisan approach could do just that.

“We want to see if we can do something in regard to immigration with regard to the 800,000 people that are now young people they aren’t children anymore, they were children but now they are young people, but we want to see if we can do something in a bipartisan fashion.”

The President will continue bipartisan discussions on DACA with Pelosi and Sen. Schumer tonight during a dinner at the White House.

 

Not in My State Campaign:

A coalition of Hispanic groups are launching the “Not in My State Campaign.”

The goal is to fight back against what they call anti-Latino policies being pushed across the country.

In Texas, that includes the state’s anti-sanctuary cities law, which has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

And they’re calling on lawmakers to find a fix for DACA…

“The climate that we’re operating in is unlike any that we’ve seen before which alludes to the launching of this initiative to say we’re done. We’ve had enough,” Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, said.

Similar campaign launches were also held today in at least nine other states.

Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, joins us at 7pm to discuss the campaign further.

 

Redistricting Latest:

Those hoping to see new state political maps ahead of the 2018 election have suffered a big set-back. Late Tuesday, a divided US Supreme Court blocked lower court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw some Congressional and State House districts.

The 5-4 decision means the state will likely hold elections next year in districts that were struck down as racially discriminatory.

 

Workers Comp for First Responders’ Families:

First responders have some of the most stressful and dangerous jobs. Whenever they answer a call, they put their lives on the line, along with their families, who face an uncertain future should they die in the line of duty.

At 7pm, our Victoria Maranan shows us how a new law gives these families a lifeline.

 

Political Analysts:

Democrat Harold Cook and Republican Ted Delisi are in to discuss the latest redistricting ruling and why Democrats still don’t have a candidate for governor.

 

Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm on Spectrum News.