Mr. O'Malley is calling on states to immediately freeze public tuition rates. He's also suggesting that tuition rates be no more than 10 percent of the state median income at four-year public universities and no more than 5 percent of the median income at two-year public colleges. In Michigan the median income for a family of four is about $75,000, which means that under Mr. O'Malley's plan tuition at my institution would have to be rolled back to $7,500 per year and at a two-year community college it would be half that. Tuition at Michigan State University for an in-state freshman this fall is $13,612. Where is the nearly $6,000 going to come from? States, according to Mr. O'Malley's website, have slashed higher education investments by an average of 20 percent per student since 2008. In Michigan and in other states the drop has been even more precipitous.