Stephanie Pol­lack, asso­ciate director at North­eastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said law­makers’ lack of urgency to make the com­muter tax urgent may be attrib­uted to a per­cep­tion that it affects only wealthier commuters.

It makes Con­gress just think, well, it doesn’t affect that many people, or it affects people on com­muter rail or ferry boats, and they’re not the poorest of the poor, so it’s OK,” Pol­lack said.

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