Of course, the first objection to abolishing BCCC's tuition will be financial: Where will the money come from? That's a fair and understandable question, especially given the current economic forecast. But tough times often give rise to the most creative ideas. Slate magazine recently posted a piece on how we could make all of our public colleges and universities tuition-free at no additional cost (spoiler alert: There would be no more federal aid available to private institutions). Or, consider this: If Maryland had kept prison spending at its 1990 level, we would have, on average, an additional $525 million per year for other priorities (source: the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; figures cited in 2013 dollars). As the saying goes, budgets reflect values.