If people want lower tuition at state universities that is what they need to commit to. People want it both ways. Lower tuition but also no taxes. The perception that there is all kinds of excess in spending at public universities is way off base. I've worked at public universities for well over 20 years. We've dealt with so many cuts to budgets over that period. There is no efficiency left unturned and that underfunding has impacted quality. What is truly amazing in this discussion is the outrage over the cost of education. The cost of education (i.e. the amount of money it costs to educate a single student) has actually decreased over the years with universities focusing on every possible means to keep costs low. That means larger classes, fewer course sections, reductions in offerings for expensive majors, massive cuts to faculty positions, increased reliance on part time instructors, salary freezes, and tons of other approaches. Despite those efficiencies, tuition keeps rising because funding -- particularly state funding of public institutions keeps getting reduced. All of those changes hurt educational quality. Society is going to fix that? Not until people can be grown ups and realize that if you want a top notch state funded institutions that you better put on your big boy pants and agree to pay more taxes for them.