Indeed, the 5 percent was not Mr. Hogan's idea in the first place. For the last several years, the system has submitted a budget request that assumed a 5 percent tuition increase, and Mr. O'Malley always found extra money in the general fund to reduce it. Until last fall, that is. He made clear that no extra funds would be available, and he then compounded the issue by cutting the system's current budget by $40 million in January. Mr. Hogan, who took office later that month, more or less stuck to his predecessor's plan. Could Mr. Hogan have done more to limit tuition increases? Perhaps, though it would have been difficult given the fiscal constraints he was working with. But he definitely could have shifted money in the budget to make them larger — as Mr. Ehrlich did in his first year in office, leading to a 22 percent tuition increase — and he didn't.